SIMMONS: Sagging pants not cool, fool

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Hope and change. There’s a lot of the former making the rounds and too little of the latter. But a glimmer of what can be is in the forecast.Did America devolve from radical feminism to misogynistic lyrics and videos to misandry?

Boys and men are wearing their pants on the ground, and girls and women are not challenging them.

That’s why I said glimmer. We’ve seen and heard activists who take on a cultural issue but seem to fade away or be assailed in the media. Tipper Gore crusaded for warning labels on records, C. Delores Tucker railed against gangsta rap, and Bill Cosby warned us to get a grip on wayward youths. Now there is a not-so-young new kid on the block.

His message is that something’s terribly awry when we fail to tell boys and young men to buckle up.

Watching them walk around day in and out with their pants on the ground speaks volumes about the decline in American culture, and that won’t change unless we recommit ourselves to change.

A man named Larry Platt appears to have recommitted himself, and he is an inspiration. His platform was an audition on the hugely popular “American Idol.” His song is “Pants on the Ground.”

“Pants on the ground,

“Pants on the ground,

“Lookin’ like a fool with your pants on the ground!

“With the gold in your mouth,

“Hat turned sideways,

“Pants hit the ground,

“Call yourself a cool cat,

“Lookin’ like a fool,

“Walkin’ downtown with your pants on the ground!

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Deborah Simmons

Deborah Simmons

Award-winning opinion writer Deborah Simmons is a senior correspondent who reports on City Hall and writes about education, culture, sports and family-related topics. Mrs. Simmons has worked at several newspapers, and since joining The Washington Times in 1985, has served as editorial-page editor and features editor and on the metro desk. She has taught copy editing at the University of ...

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