OK, this guy is really not into yoga pants… unless your fit and under 20.
One man Rhode Island man didn’t know the monster he was creating when he wrote a letter to a local newspaper saying he was disgusted by women over 20 wearing those skin-tight yoga pants. Especially when a parade of 300 older women swamped his suburban neighborhood to protest his attack on their favorite attire.
In the October 19 edition of the East Bay Rhode Island newspaper, Alan Sorrentino, a resident of Barrington, implored in a letter to the editor, “Please, women, put away the yoga pants.”
“The absolute worst thing to ever happen in women fashion is the recent development of yoga pants as daily wear outside the yoga studio,” Sorrentino insisted.
“Not since the mini-skirt has there been something worn by so many women who should never have it on in the first place,” the disgruntled letter writer added.
Calling the pants “a disaster” he went on to say that most women over 20 who are not “blessed” with youth don’t have the body for this attire and should “stop wearing them in public.”
“To all yoga pant wearers, I struggle with my own physicality as I age. I don’t want to struggle with yours.,” Sorrentino concluded.
Well, it looks like Mr. Sorrentino poked the bear.
Not long after his letter went live and reached the community a movement started to shove yoga pants in Mr. Sorrentino’s face, as it were.
Sorrentino, who has since claimed his letter was supposed to be a joke, was confronted with a parade of over 300 women — all decidedly older than 20 — wearing their yoga pants to spite him.
Though the parade was “positive” and peaceful, some of these women weren’t just goofing around. Many were actually angry at the man for his letter.
Jamie Burke, one of the organizers of the parade, told the media, “women are fed up with the policing of our wardrobe” and added that Sorrentino’s words had struck her “in the gut.”
As they marched past the man’s home, the women held signs that read “Love Yourself” and “We Wear What We Want.”
For his part, Mr. Sorrentino, who said he actually received death threats after his letter was published, put up his own sign that said “Free Speech.”
Sorrentino also called the parade “stressful” and “intimidating.”
In the end, Sorrentino hoped to get the last word. While buckling and telling woman to wear what ever they want, he still had a warning about those yoga pants: “…if you knew what guys were saying behind your back when you had them on, maybe you wouldn’t [wear them].”
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