Normally we won’t get into a race bait story but gotta step into the ring on the story of New Mexico football player DeShon Marman being arrested last week for not pulling up his pants while boarding a U.S. Airways flight from San Francisco to Albuquerque. Video of Marman’s semi-confrontation with a U.S. Airways pilot is making its rounds but the big news today is a woman snapping a pick of a old white dude crossdresser who was allowed to board a plane in THIS!
Six days before a college football player was arrested at San Francisco International Airport in a dispute that began when a US Airways employee asked him to pull up his sagging pants, a man who was wearing little but women’s undergarments was allowed to fly the airline, a US Airways spokeswoman conceded Tuesday.
A photo of the scantily clad man was provided to The Chronicle by Jill Tarlow, a passenger on the June 9 flight from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to Phoenix. Tarlow said other passengers had complained to airline workers before the plane boarded, but that employees had ignored those complaints.
US Airways spokeswoman Valerie Wunder confirmed she’d received the photo before last week’s incident in San Francisco and had spoken to Tarlow, but said employees had been correct not to ask the man to cover himself.
“We don’t have a dress code policy,” Wunder said. “Obviously, if their private parts are exposed, that’s not appropriate. … So if they’re not exposing their private parts, they’re allowed to fly.”
Now, was it stupid for Marman to not have his pants pulled up like a normal adult? Sure. But it’s style similar to Dick Cheney here in his pumps. Style.
We can all guess why Marman was approached, lectured and eventually arrested. All of us can guess why the dude rocking the blue panties wasn’t – lifestyle and color. There, we said it.
Want to read a great story on the Marman situation? Take the time to read LZ Granderson – ESPN The Magazine Senior Writer – and his words on race and youth culture. It’s spot on.