"I wish he [Sen. Adams] wouldn't focus on African-Americans and instead talk about all races," Sean John's vice-president Jeffrey Tweedy told Women's Wear Daily. "Many different people are involved with this trend. It's not just black kids. You can go to Washington Square Park and see skaters wearing tight Levi's in a similar way."
Others express a similar sentiment as Tweedy and have went as far as calling the national assault on sagging pants racist. Both the Dallas and New York movements were led by African-American men, but many laws that criminalize sagging pants in have been criticized as a way to racially profile black youths.
"We tend to criminalize that which we don't understand, and we tend to make laws that increase contact between police and inner-city youth," wrote Matt Kelly, Online Communications Manager at the Innocence Project. "Laws like this start the cycle that sucks too many people into a criminal justice system they don't need."
Russell Simmons, who's famous for his urban-meets-preppy style, called the whole thing a "waste of time."
"This is the latest example of adults trying to repress the creativity and individuality of kids," the founder of Phat Farm and Argyle Culture told WWD. "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?"
While we tend to side with the self-expression fashion brings, we can't help but wonder if all of this is a little dated. After all, a few more years of Beyoncé and Lady Gaga leotards will eliminate the need for pants altogether.