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Jones wants an end to fashion trend that sees men exposing their underwear

If Minister of Education Ronald Jones had his way, all men in Barbados would be made to pull up their pants – literally!

Addressing the Grantley Adams School Speech Day and Prize Giving ceremony today, Jones lamented what he viewed as a very negative trend of men exposing their underwear in public, saying it should be banned.

“I would like to ban in this country, all persons who show me their underwear,” declared the Minister of Education.

“I don’t want to see your boxer,” he added.

“. . . I have no interest in that. I don’t want to see the pants that you wearing, that you can’t stand up straight [in], and you look as though something is wrong with your joints. I have no interest in that.”

Linking the trend to the former colonial days, Jones said: “For a people who have come through the trials and tribulations to still want to remain in those circumstances, that bothers me.

“Too many of our bones are scattered in the middle passage for us to be living here now and acting as though we have no pride, acting as though we have no dignity, acting as though we have no purpose,” he said.

The Minister further questioned: “Why would I want to see your slider? I don’t want to see your slider! Today the same slider got on a name on it and we gyrating and showing off our behinds. So all those young people or those who are not so young, who believe that they should parade like fools, it makes no sense!”

Nevertheless, the Minister of Education said he was pleased with the management of the St Joseph school, which was emerging with a number of success stories.

At the same time, he commended and congratulated those students who persevered, climbed the ladder and had done well in gaining Caribbean Examination Certificates (CXCs), especially those students who accomplished passes in seven and eight subjects.

“I want you first to celebrate your successes. Sometimes in this life we spend too much time criticizing ourselves for lack of success than actually applauding ourselves for the success. The negative always engulfs our minds and our bodies, so all we think about is, ‘it ain’t good’.

“We fret, we become miserable and fretful and that is the journey to disaster,” he cautioned.

Jones also singled out for praise the “hardworking” teachers at the institution for putting in extra time and effort into assisting and motivating students along the way.

“What you have done here at Grantley Adams is that you didn’t spend time saying only, ‘what am I going to do with these?’ You quickly got down to the task of turning the raw clay into beautiful pottery. You may not feel so because you may say there is still some clay that I have to spend more time molding and shaping, but that’s life. . .”

The Most Outstanding Student prize was awarded to Philecia Marshall, while Izion Clarke received the chairman’s award. 

16 Responses to PULL UP!

  1. Elizabeth Jordan
    Elizabeth Jordan December 4, 2014 at 3:03 am

    Well said

  2. Pauline Forte
    Pauline Forte December 4, 2014 at 3:45 am

    Unfortunately “pride” has become a thing of the past

  3. Yvonne Griffith
    Yvonne Griffith December 4, 2014 at 4:09 am

    In a civilized society men should not be allowed to dress in this manner and walk the streets. This trend of dressing emanated from jail and is a signal that the individual is available for homosexual purposes. Those found dressed this way in public, should be charged with indecent exposure. It’s obscene and neanderthal.

  4. Katherine Zettler
    Katherine Zettler December 4, 2014 at 4:37 am

    Just save your money and don’t bother with pants..just wear your underwear everywhere

  5. Fiona Waldron December 4, 2014 at 4:45 am

    Honestly Sir! These kids a leaving school in a job market with far less opportunities, the cost of tertiary education has just shifted out of the reach of a good number of youth and the economy and the people are depressed and all you can worry about is whether you can see someone’s underpants?????

  6. Nicksie No Regrets Clarke
    Nicksie No Regrets Clarke December 4, 2014 at 5:04 am
  7. Alison Hoyte-small
    Alison Hoyte-small December 4, 2014 at 6:04 am

    I agree. Ridiculous to see so many young men walking around in that state. One cannot help but wonder if they really do not know how they look. A friend of mine once said some people are ignorant; not because they know and refuse to act right but that they really are ignorant (void of common sense and or education).

  8. jr smith December 4, 2014 at 6:13 am

    What is missing , from our black people, culture, bad parenting, basic morals, identity, follow fashion, as the term ,monkey sih monkey duh. Why our black people always choose to follow the worst things in our world.

  9. Cynthia weekes December 4, 2014 at 6:17 am

    These young men think that they are making a fashion statement, not understanding the meaning of the pants offf their bottoms. It started here in America in the jails , which meant your manhood was taken in jail. So keep right on watching tv and picking up the negative trends.

  10. Ali Johannes
    Ali Johannes December 4, 2014 at 6:30 am

    This is an offence in places like Grenada. What’s stopping them from doing the same here.

  11. Tony Webster December 4, 2014 at 6:33 am

    When really, really desperate, and a government is adrift on an ocean of incompetence, and there is no rescue-boat in sight…the “survival manual” sez: CATCH RED HERRINGS. Hey, Red Herrings are nowadays “ALL-A-PENNY.
    Coming Next: declare war on Trinbago. Or de IMF… or LIME… or diesel vehicles belching out particulates… or on too-dull union-supported knives dat can’t cut de fat offa monstrously obese TV presenters…or too-small chickens….or LIAT prices…or…well… shucks… you can pick some too. All-a-penny…and right “in fashion”.

  12. Aldo December 4, 2014 at 8:55 am

    Those wannabes in barbados with they pants down, looking so ridiculous they need to stop, I’m wondering if they know how this style came about, maybe not.

  13. Joseph Harding December 4, 2014 at 9:36 am

    Well said Jr smith

  14. ANONYMOUS PRIVATE December 4, 2014 at 11:53 am

    Why is it that the government dedicates so much time, effort and resources on non-vital issues ? Does it make you less of a person if you wear you pants low and reveal your boxers? Since when is that a crime? How many females, young and old can be seen daily in the most corporate and public places dressed scantily even revealing their booty and cleavage? This does not capture your attention… maybe it its attractive to you. People express themselves in different ways. Don’t discriminate over personal preference. Most cases, it is not even intentional; merely situational..

  15. Glenroy-Valantine Rice December 4, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    The government have the right to put laws in place just as they did concerning the wearing of camouflage outfits. I say do it today.

  16. Tony Waterman December 5, 2014 at 2:21 am

    “”Linking the trend to the former colonial days, Jones said: “For a people who have come through the trials and tribulations to still want to remain in those circumstances, that bothers me.””
    Why are all these Intellectuals Blaming The Colonial Times and like our Esteemed Prof. Hilary Beckles, Slavery, for what is Happening TODAY 2014 going on 2015, this is Ludicrous, Silly, Stupid.
    This style Started in the American Prison System and not because of the reason errenoneously mentioned by Yvonne Griffith, the orange Jumpsuits worn by Prisoners were made this way to curb what was/is known as RUNNERS, prisoners who would have normally made a run for it, but the design of this prison Uniform makes it practically impossible for a RUNNER to get too far as he has to hold up his pants whilst trying to run.
    the Clothes Designer TOMMY HILFIGER took that and made it into a design for the Hip Hop Generation. and Barbados is so inundated with American Culture that it is practically impossible for these trends not to cross over to Barbados and other countries of the Caribbean Basin.
    Somewhere in the Southern USA,one of the states have made it an offence and the fine is apparently pretty hefty.
    the Barbados Treasury NEEDS money they can make it an offence (Not a BAN) to appear in PUBLIC dressed that way and make the fines prohibitive. only this time make sure that you collect the fines.


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