Alabama politician Frank Goodman’s new fight against sagging pants is inspired by God’s will. The 66 year-old City Councilor for the town of Dadeville (which has a population of about 3,200), recently spoke to The Daily Beast about his reasoning behind the ban. Goodman told the site that he came up with the resolution after asking God how to handle the problem.
“I prayed and asked God to show me what I should do, and the way I should go about it,” Goodman said. “What would God do? Did God go around doing this?”
After getting his answer, he issued the ordinance to prohibit “bustling slack.” The law might also ban other questionable fashion choices like short shorts and skimpy dresses, which has reportedly gotten the attention of fellow council member, Stephanie Kelly.
Here is Goodman’s reasoning behind his distaste for sagging pants: “We have a lot of older people here who don’t want to see it. A lot of middle-aged people don’t want to see it either,” he said. “They don’t want to see anybody walking around with their pants down with underwear that is showing…That is something that has never struck my fancy.”
Initially, when Goodman took office in 2008, he thought about making the legislation happen, but it fell through. Still, his loathe for the trend propelled him to once again take action.
“Seeing the young boys with pants hanging down, having to walk wide-legged, holding their pants up to keep them from falling down—now it’s gotten real bad,” Goodman said. “It’s something I couldn’t take no more.”
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