A man in Rhode Island named Alan Sorrentino is under attack after writing a letter to the local paper about yoga pants. Yes, yoga pants. To be fair his letter is pretty disgusting and peppered with rude comments on women’s bodies as they age or if they’re not thin. The usual body-shaming gauntlet. It reads:
"The absolute worst thing to ever happen in women fashion is the recent development of yoga pants as daily wear outside the yoga studio.
Not since the mini-skirt has there been something worn by so many women who should never have it on in the first place.
From casual to formal, weddings, funerals, shopping, and even for the workplace, yoga pants are everywhere on women of all ages, usually paired with a blousy top and a pony tail hairdo. What a disaster!
Like the mini-skirt, yoga pants can be adorable on children and young women who have the benefit of nature’s blessing of youth. However, on mature, adult women there is something bizarre and disturbing about the appearance they make in public. Maybe it’s the unforgiving perspective they provide, inappropriate for general consumption, TMI, or the spector of someone coping poorly with their weight or advancing age that makes yoga pants so weird in public.
A nice pair of tailored slacks, jeans, or anything else would be better than those stinky, tacky, ridiculous looking yoga pants. They do nothing to compliment a women over 20 years old. In fact, the look is bad. Do yourself a favor, grow up and stop wearing them in public.
Besides, why would you want to wear something that’s seen on dozens of other women every day, everywhere? I thought women didn’t like doing that for obvious reasons. Yoga pants belong in the yoga studio. What’s next? Wearing a “Speedo” to the supermarket? Imagine if men did that. Yuck!
To all yoga pant wearers, I struggle with my own physicality as I age. I don’t want to struggle with yours."
Pretty bad! But the response has been hugely disproportionate to his “crime,” which as far as I can tell is having a bad opinion. He’s now being attacked, receiving voicemails and death threats, and finding his house vandalized. He gave an interview in which he says that the letter is a joke, meant to alleviate some of the tension of our political atmosphere. According to Legal Insurrection, a protest of yoga pants wearers planned to walk by his house on Sunday afternoon, which he wasn’t too excited about, though some say he’s a genius for getting women to walk by his home in tight pant. He's gay, though, and he equated the harassment with the threats he felt as an openly gay man.
Sorrentino is deeply upset by the uproar, and it’s unlikely he’ll be offering his opinion to any more newspapers in the future. Normally, I say to hell with body-shamers! But the man has definitely learned his lesson, and harassing a private citizen in their home over pants is going way too far.