There’s something about mass demonstrations of silliness that really make me laugh. <a href=”http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/01/10/BA3B1BGBBR.DTL”>Lots of people on public transportation removing their pants</a> cracks me up:
<blockquote>”We’re part of the Pants Liberation Front,” he said. “Pants have been keeping us down too long. I’ve been itching and chafing for 24 years.”
The event, dubbed No Pants 2010, was organized by Improv Everywhere, which started the annual pantless party in 2001 on the New York City subway.
Improv Everywhere has organized dozens of other stunts, such as drawing hundreds of people – via Facebook and other social media – to congregate at a Best Buy store in blue polo shirts and khakis, and to move in slow motion at a Home Depot store, both in New York City.
On Sunday, subway riders in 44 cities around the world stripped off their pants in the name of silliness.
Candace Leong was headed to Berkeley but changed plans when she saw the hairy legs and cheery smiles of her fellow BART riders. While on the train, she spontaneously took off her jeans, stowed them in her bag and joined the unclothed masses headed to San Francisco.
“I was going to go rock climbing but thought I’d do this instead,” she said. “It’s liberating, although it might be a little awkward if you did it alone.”
Not everyone appreciated the humor. Tony Jackson, clad in a shimmering gold suit and tie, was headed to church on BART when he came across the pantless people.
“What the hell? It’s a disgrace,” said the San Francisco church elder, shaking his head. “It’s an abomination.”
That quote from “church elder” in his “shimmering gold suit and tie” cracks me up. What the riders did might be rude (although the article doesn’t mention anyone flashing or otherwise accosting other passengers, although perhaps “not someone you want to see in their underwear this early in the morning” might count). But an <em>abomination</em>? Mr. Jackson needs to let his flag up the flagpole a little: children starving is an abomination. People riding BART without pants is just silly.
With a stunt like this it would be so easy to say only in San Francisco, but of course it wasn’t.