If you’re not fond of tights (which is wack), you might want to keep your uptight views to yourself — or else prepare to suffer the wrath of the Internet’s infinite rage.
That’s the hard lesson Alan Sorrentino of Rhode Island learned after writing an off-the-cuff letter to his local newspaper decrying “yoga pants as daily wear.”
He’s now receiving death threats and hundreds of visitors are coming to his house accusing him of body-shaming.
Here’s the letter that causing all the drama:
To the editor:
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. Thanks,
We imagine if men started wearing Speedos to the supermarket, we’d eat out less– but that’s besides the point.
Not surprisingly, the deeply obnoxious letter inspired loads of negative comments and angry letters. But then things went totally mad.
As Legal Insurrection reports, a protest was organized for Sunday, October 22 that called for women to march in a “peaceful protest” past Sorentino’s house.
You can see the Facebook event page here.
On Twitter, organizers subsequently compared the situation to French police making Muslim women remove their burkinis on the beach.
— Yoga Pants Parade (@paradeyogapants) October 23, 2016
Now, every publication known to man is covering the event, and turning Sorrentino into the new face of misogynist body-shaming:
Now, Sorrentino claims he’s been receiving death threats from extremely limber people.
Watch his interview with WPRO below: