"Brothers should pull up their pants," President Elect Barack Obama said when asked about laws being passed to outlaw sagging pants.
I respectfully disagree, Obie One. I rather see young men busy trying to keep their pants up, their colorful underwear showing, than cracks showing over low slung jeans.
We long ago crossed the line of decency. Slut is in. What does President Obama think about young women all over the mall wearing plunging necklines, exposing overinflated silicone breasts a Pamela Anderson? What about impossibly short baby doll dresses, mile high stilettos and skimpy thong underwear (or no underwear a la Britney?). No one's yet asked that question, but we can guess his answer. All I know is that nobody's going to put that genie back in the battle, but a new fashion trend.
Fashion trends are just that. Trends. Some are short lived, some stubbornly stick around for a while, like the sagging pants, but those too are on the way out. The only reason they're still around is because so many object to them. Nothing better than being noticed, even feared not by whom we are, but what we wear.
So, unless parents are willing to police what their children wear, no amount of censorship or any silly law is going to get between us and our Calvins (can you believe Brooke Shields is 43?).
Our trendsetters will continue to come up with new ideas, drumming to their own beat, unhindered by what's lawful, proper or improper. And their ideas will be copied around the world, keeping factories working overtime in China.
By the way, I think Barack's a "briefs" guy.