“Pants on the ground”

In case you live in a cave, the first cultural “15 minutes” of 2010 occurred during Tuesday night’s American Idol broadcast in the form of Larry Platt’s “Pants on the ground” audition. Platt, a veteran, is a 62-year old African-American who calls himself “general.”

There are over 2,000 entries on YouTube when searching “pants on the ground,” and many of them are tributes. Searching “pants on the ground” (in quotes) on Google produces over 18 million results, the first 582 (I stopped after that) relating to Larry Platt. As of today, “Pants” is number three on the list of top searches on Google.

The producers of American Idol knew what they were doing when they let this guy on the show (he didn’t qualify as a contestant), and I think the message of the song will carry on long after General Platt’s fame. It is considered politically incorrect for a white guy to comment about the dress of “urban” youth, but it’s perfectly appropriate for a 62-year old African-American.

Does wearing your pants below your butt make you look like a “foo?” Well, yes, and I’d add: obviously so. Let’s hope Larry’s message gets through and is talked about in the right circles.

(EDITOR’S NOTE: I tried to embed the official Fox version, but the code doesn’t work)

Here’s Jimmy Fallon last night as Neil Young doing “Pants.”

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