You may or may not have heard about the 20 year old college football player who was thrown off a US Airways flight last week for exposing his underwear. Deshon Marman was showing off his boxer shorts for all the rest of the lucky passengers to see when he was asked by US Airways staff to cease and desist. Of course, Mr. Marman refused and was eventually removed from the plane and arrested by police.
You can read the story here.
No, Mr. Marman wasn’t an innocent victim of a wardrobe malfunction like a broken belt or busted seam, he just happens to be part of the American sub-culture that calls itself Hip-Hop. Unfortunately, Hip-Hop isn’t just the ridiculous and often violent “music” that anyone who lives in a major city hears blaring from passing cars with over-sized rims. The sad fact is that Hip-Hop has long ago established itself as a counterculture that prides itself on hate, racism, misogyny, homophobia, materialism, and violence.
There’s no doubt that the vast majority of the Hip-Hop Community, both male and female, pride themselves as being bad-asses! I often have to control myself from bursting out in laughter when I see a 5’-2” – 120 pound twerp with a Fred Sanford gait wearing over-sized clothing and a baseball cap with the size tag still on it glaring at me when passing on the street. (Tip: A good glare right back almost always has the punk turning his head away or looking down.) Obviously, wardrobe also plays a vital role in Hip-Hop culture. The baggy pants, the oversized shirts, and the untied boots and sneakers are all par for the course.
This leads me to a question that I’ve been dying to ask all the bad asses in the Hip-Hop community.
So, just how does showing your underwear to everyone, including other men, make you a tough guy? Do you enjoy the thought of other men looking at your underwear; does that do something for you? Are the often homophobic lyrics in your “music” just a front to distract from some hidden desires?
P.S. Before anyone starts with the tired old racism charge, there are other races besides blacks that are part of this idiotic culture, and they all look and act equally ridiculous.