Pennsylvania Senator Wants To Ban White Tees Because He Thinks They Promote Crime

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The fashion police are out in full force in Pennsylvania and it’s not pretty. Pennsylvania Senator Anthony Williams Philadelphia City Councilman Curtis Jones announced today that he plans to prosecute what he calls “white-tee culture” in the city of Philadelphia and has allocated state funds to stop it. He told Philadelphia Weekly that such clothing promotes crime, and he wants to “turn this ’white-tee culture’ in a different direction.”

He gave further explanation, saying: “This prison cultured style in the streets with your underwear hanging out of your pants, it goes back to a certain behavior where people don’t care about consequences.”

And it’s not the first time lawmakers turned their attention to dress codes. New Jersey is currently engaged in a Stop The Sag campaign to ban saggy pants, Louisiana and Virginia both tried to make laws against sagging, and President Obama spoke out against saggy pants in 2008.

Policy people getting involved in what you wear seems like it goes against certain rights and freedoms, right? To think, just because you wear a white tee doesn’t mean you’re going to commit a crime. But it’s pretty crappy that lawmakers think that you will.

Update: When this article was first published, it referenced a June 28 PhillyNow post that incorrectly indicated that Pennsylvania State Senator Anthony H. Williams planned to ban white T-shirts in Philadelphia. The office of Senator Williams has advised us that he did not make this statement, and he has not allocated any state funds for such a purpose. A city press release attributes the quote to Philadelphia City Councilman Curtis Jones.

+ Watch The Game talk about his favorite white tees below!