For the last 48 hours, #JeansGate has taken the country by storm. From casual pants wearers to hardcore denim advocates, there’s not a U.S. citizen that doesn’t have an opinion about pants, one way or another. We’re here today to talk about #JeansGate beginning where it all started, with an ill-fated little boy from Minnesota named Jacob Wetterling.
On October 22nd, 1989, Wetterling was abducted at age 11 and, until very recently, was never found, dead or alive. New developments have unfortunately found that Wetterling was sexually assaulted and killed shortly after his abduction. This chilling, yet somewhat expected outcome was discovered recently amidst one of the most polarizing issues we’ve seen this year in a year full of divisive tragedies. I’m of course referring to #JeansGate.
The day that Jana Shortal decided to go with those jeans while reporting on the murder of a small young boy isn’t one that she, nor this nation, is going to forgot anytime soon. The issue is a complicated one with people generally falling into 3 camps; either they like the jeans, don’t like the jeans or don’t really care either way what kind of jeans she wears. Also a very small subset of the population believes that all jeans are evil and that those that wear them are no longer in control of their own destiny, but just the plaything of our denim overlords. These people are idiots. It’s best for everyone if we just ignore them until they die.
Many people are saying that this whole argument is silly, that nobody ever talks about the clothes someone is wearing in the history books. This world-class, renounced Super Reporter disagrees, however. No, I believe that where you stand on #JeansGate today could change the entire trajectory of your life. Maybe not in any direct, tangible way, but attacking the jeans will lead you down a path of fear. A fear of what’s daring, a fear of anything that isn’t comfortable. Standing by the jeans, and by extension standing by Ms. Shortal and her right to wear any kind of pant she pleases, or even no pant at all if she so chooses.
To help people decide which side they’re on, we’ve weighed the pros and cons below.
#JeansGate Pros and Cons
-Oh, like you even know what the 13th Amendment is? yeah, I didn’t think so
-Commercials louder than program
-Light on-screen reading