Senator Eric Adams of Brooklyn recently launched a ‘Stop the Sag’ campaign encouraging urban youths to, ” raise [their] level of respect [and] raise [their] pants.”
His $20,000 initiative includes six large billboards and a video where he maintains sagging is negative, degrading, and an ‘insidious spectacle.’
Perhaps I’ve been in Europe for too long, but I can’t remember the last time I’ve seen a guy sagging their pants! I could understand if this video came out in the early 90′s in the midst of the Kriss Kross era, but this campaign simply seems dated and unnecessary.
Russell Simmons responded to the campaign in New York Magazine, saying, “I like Sen. Adams, but this is wrong-headed and a waste of time…This is the latest example of adults trying to repress the creativity and individuality of kids. Why would kids want to dress like Sen. Adams? There is no connection to saggy pants and the ability to succeed. Just look at what buttoned-up America has done to the rest of the world and each other. Why can’t kids be different?”
What do you guys think?
Read up on the history of sagging here.