There’s no shortage of clothing-based stereotypes, yet the sagging pants stigma is arguably one of the most prominent. Several politicians have attempted to ban the look, which allegedly was derived from prison where belts aren’t allowed.

The latest political figure to spend time and energy chiming in on a pants’ style is Mayor Pro Tem Carnell Robinson. Robinson has gone as far as to insinuate sagging pants boost the crime rate, saying: “Sagging is part of a culture that breeds drug sales, drug addictions, crime, and murder. That is not what I want for our community.”

To put the law where his mouth is, Robinson has instituted a ban on sagging pants in Dunn, North Carolina. Offenders will be warned twice and fined $200 the third time. His proposal will be up for discussion at the Dunn City Council’s August meeting.

With gun violence increasing and education funds decreasing, sagging pants seem like they should be the least of a mayor’s worries.

What are your thoughts on sagging jeans bans and fines, Clutchettes? Do you predict they will be effective in reducing the crime rate?

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  • Val

    “which allegedly was derived from prison where belts aren’t allowed.”

    Really? I always heard that sagging pants is from gay men in prison who wear their pants that way to signify that they are gay and available.

    • Name Withheld

      That’s what I always thought as well

  • Mademoiselle

    I’m not a fan of sagging pants, but at the end of the day, all of the men in question are fully clothed. So what’s the issue. There are no butt cracks and no genitals showing. How is this illegal? I may not ever give a man the time of day if he approaches me in sagging pants, but why are we allowing politicians to tell us where our pants can sit? Are they also going to put policies in place against wearing hats backwards or rolling your sleeves up or leaving the top 2 buttons of your shirt undone?

    Work on something else Mr. Robinson. Stop wasting Dunn’s money and time on frivolous pursuits.