2010-05-21 / Top Stories

Smith To Teens: Stop Wearing ‘Sagging Pants’

By Howard Schwach

Teens wear “sagging pants” that mimic the way prisoners wear their pants, State Senator Malcolm Smith says, calling for an end to the practice. Teens wear “sagging pants” that mimic the way prisoners wear their pants, State Senator Malcolm Smith says, calling for an end to the practice. State Senate President pro tempore Malcolm Smith, who represents Rockaway in the state body, is using $2,200

from his campaign fund to send a message to his saggy pants-wearing constituents in Queens: cut it out.

Smith’s “Stop the Sag,” ad campaign rolled out on Tuesday on 13 buses traveling through Jamaica and Far Rockaway.

“Raise your pants - raise your image,” the ad says. “We are better than this. Stop the Sag.”

Smith isn’t the first city politician to mount an advocacy campaign against low-hanging trousers. State Senator Eric Adams has bought ads on billboards in Brooklyn, hoping to convince young people to stop sagging as well.

“Sagging pants have become a degrading and self-imposed icon,” Smith said when asked the reason for his campaign.

Smith said that the sagging pants style comes from prison, where inmates do not have belts because they could be used as weapons or assist in suicide.

Ever since the early ’90s, when hiphop turned sagging pants into a global trend, parents have recoiled at the site of their children’s jeans hanging below their underpants.

Anti-sagging efforts have sprung up across the country in recent years. Atlanta has imposed fines for perpetrators, AM New York reports.

“This is the new cool,” Smith said, “Just raising your pants.”

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