Ordinance hinders freedom of expression?
City council shying away from pants rule
By Stephanie Johns
The Madison City Council and mayor, er, brought up the proposed saggy pants and skirts ordinance at their work session last Friday.
Madison Mayor Bruce Gilbert said while it is embarrassing to him to see someone’s underwear, he does not see how the ordinance could be enforced.
He noted they already have indecent exposure rules to cover this issue and added he has seen that a person can purchase a pair of pants that looks like the underwear is showing.
“I’d rather make some kind of statement,” he said. “Be proud and don’t do these kinds of things.”
Councilman Fred Perriman said it is a matter of respect.
“It’s not the baggy pants,” he said. “Just pull them up.”
Councilman Michael Naples read a statement, part of which said freedom of expression will most likely protect this style of attire.
“This trend or style of dress will pass,” he said.
Printed in the January 31, 2013 edition