Arts Briefs

Brotherhood of the Saggy Pants

History has often shown that suppression inspires creativity.

So when a Florida municipality decided to ban the wearing of saggy pants on city property, residents Tyrone Henry and Fermin Esson knew exactly what to do.

The two men set about designing a set of pants to help fellow underwear-exposing leg-wear aficionados practice their love in public, without facing police scrutiny, reported ABA Journal.

The concept is a pair of pants on which one side permanently gives the appearance that they are in danger of falling down and exposing the wearer’s briefed buttox, and on the other are normal dress pants.

The reversible trousers are in fact fastened securely at the wearer’s waistline, so no harm, no foul.

“You can wear them as a normal uniform pants, and if you want to hang out after school, you can get your swag on, flip them over and do your thing,” explained Henry.

Probably the most impressive part about the product is that it has recently been patented.

The men have since begun their own company, Waistline Fashion, with their slogan “Fashion is not a crime,” and hopes to produce the pants for the mass market.

The controversy over the droopy drawers still continues, with one Florida Judge ruling that the saggy pants ban has “violated the constitution.”

Expect even more controversy when the Florida courts discover that “saggy” isn’t even a real word.

Spooky Period Piece

The latest in a very long line of films which upset the Indonesian Council of Ulemas (MUI) has recently opened in Jakarta.

Hantu Puncak Datang Bulan - The Menstruating Ghost of Puncak has been condemned by the religious body, who has prohibited Muslims from watching the film, due to its sexual and violent content, reported Herald Sun.

“The film is filled with pornography, which indulges the libido and, based on our research, it contains violence,” said the MUI’s Amirsyah Tambunan.

He also warned that the film could “damage the nation’s morals.”

The trailer for the film, which is available on YouTube, features scenes of its female star in various stages of undress, a man’s head being sliced off and subsequently crushed beneath a car, a man’s heart being pulled from his chest and a woman’s eye being gouged out with a saw.

Indonesia’s Censorship Board has not made any attempts to ban the film, as some believe the controversy around it was whipped up as a “promotional gimmick.”

If the filmmakers actually wished to avoid controversy, they probably could have gone with a less shocking (and confusing) title for starters.

But perhaps it was the even more baffling trailer which really caused it.

Feel free to construct any sensible plot from this:

Published in Volume 64, Number 19 of The Uniter (February 11, 2010)

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