Forever in blue jeans

Written by Reg Henry on .

All columnists are allowed to write about their pet peeves and I have done it many times, exploring everything from whether ice creams cones should be bitten or licked (I am a biter) to the decline of the public's appreciation of literary allusions (Sic transit gloria mundi).

But when a columnist comes out against blue jeans, one can assume two things 1) George F. Will is writing again and 2) his superior nose is so far up in the air he is at risk of dislocating it.

If you want something that will make you wonder whether to laugh or cry, I recommend his recent anti-denim diatribe. It is one absurd proposition after another. My favorite among these is his contention that "Denim is the infantile uniform of a nation in which entertainment frequently features childlike adults ("Seinfeld," "Two and a Half Men") and cartoons for adults ("King of the Hill"). Seventy-five percent of American "gamers" - people who play video games - are older than 18 and nevertheless are allowed to vote."

Oh the horror. While Mr. Will apparently does not play "Grand Theft Auto," I would point out to him that baseball - his favorite game - is a child's game played by adults who can vote. And how about picking on "Seinfeld," whose "childlike adults" just happen to be very funny?

Perhaps it is time to reconvene the House Committee on Un-American Activities to investigate whether a right-wing plot is afoot to subvert American habits.


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