DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Councilman Dwaine Caraway is re-booting his campaign against saggy pants.
Flanked by about 100 people in a noon hour press conference at City Hall, Caraway claimed it’s a matter of respect –– of self-respect, and of respect to women. And he added a new angle: Health.
“This thing is greater than just the respect side of it. In my opinion it’s a health thing as well,” he said.
Caraway says underwear belongs under, not outside, for private parts to touch the outside world. And he brought along some super market produce to argue that sagging is a turnoff for grocery store customers.
“Here’s a guy that’s in there with his dirty, dingy, ugly, stained underwear all the way down to his kneecaps. Now, the sad part of it is, everyone in the store are being disrespected,” he said. “And that’s the bottom line, it’s not about fashion with me, it’s not about rights.”
The news conference sometimes took on the fervor of a church service, complete with a string of testimonials. From Deion Sanders: ” That’s one of the first things we said in camp starting Monday. No profanity, no embarrassment, no ridicule, no mockery, no sagging.”
To fellow councilmembers, like Carolyn Davis: “Ladies, we have to stop it. They only do it because we accept it. Put your hand up and say, ‘Not today, brother. Not today.'”
Caraway says he’ll soon have more billboards, along with a push from Dallas Area Rapid Transit and local radio. He says stores will join in, too, like Records Barbeque, which already has “no sagging” signs.
“I love that, too,” said customer Dennis Hall. “Who wants to eat and looking at all that?”
“I agree with him 100 percent. No sagging,” echoed fellow patron Ricky Hewell. “I come to a restaurant to buy food. Why would I want to look at your underwear? That’s crazy.”
There was one naysayer at Caraway’s event, a young man who called himself only “Nathan Business.”
“It’s about being comfortable,” he said. “We sag our pants because we’re comfortable feeling this way.”
But Caraway wasn’t buying.
“We have to try to draw the line and say, ‘Hey, it’s about respect. Respecting yourself and respecting all females,” he said.
Caraway says this is only the start. He’ll hold what he calls a “summit” on June 23 to hear from more men like Mr. “Business,” in hopes of changing their minds.