Louisiana's Panty Law - Now With Jail Time!
By Nick Burns
Don't expect protests like this in Delcambre, Louisiana! Photo: Getty Images
In the quaint town of Delcambre, Louisiana, it is officially unlawful to let your jeans hang low and show off your superman-print underwear or martini-patterned boxers. The punishment? Six months in jail and a hefty $500 fine, says the New York Times blog, The Lede. Louisiana and Virginia also have statewide fines and Orlando and Dallas have local ones—but none of them are nearly as severe as the Delcambre law. The law is actually being criticized as a form racism because the style is popular among african-american youth and associated with hip hop fashion.
The ordinance in Delcambre, Louisiana reads:
It shall be unlawful for any person in any public place or in view of the public to be found in a state of nudity, or partial nudity, or in dress not becoming to his or her sex, or in any indecent exposure of his or her person or undergarments, or be guilty of any indecent or lewd behavior.
What do you think? Should showing a bit of your C-in2 briefs or 2(x)ist boxers be illegal? Is the ordinance an act of racism or just an attempt to keep the knicker-flashing Paris Hiltons and Britney Spears out of their town? Will everyone suddenly wear high-waist jeans again out of fear that their hip huggers and low-rise designer denim could land them behind bars? Is this a town full of old, conservative fuddy duddies that resist any kind of trend or fad? Or perhaps it's a fashion conspiracy!