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No Pants Metro Ride Returns Sunday, Is Still Terrible

Granting martial law powers to Metro General Manager Richard Sarles would normally be a bad idea, but I think we should all make an exception for this Sunday:

The idea behind No Pants is simple: Random passengers board a subway car at separate stops in the middle of winter without pants. The participants do not behave as if they know each other, and they all wear winter coats, hats, scarves, and gloves. The only unusual thing is their lack of pants.

Here at City Desk, we aren't against whimsy. But this: Pasty, Improv Everywhere types crowding into the L'Enfant station, all giggling and ogling each other despite being in what is arguably the least sexy Metro station—Washington deserves better.

Gothamist, which blogs about another city faced with this pantsless menace, has a good list of reasons this pantsless thing should stop. If you're really hankering for some exhibitionism, just go have sex in Meridian Hill Park (except don't, because in this topsy-turvey legal world, that's a crime and not wearing pants on public transit isn't).

In conclusion, nobody go to No Pants Subway Ride Day, and cut up the SmarTrips of people who do.

Photo by Matt Dunn.

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  • Ron Burgundy

    I bet you're a lot of fun at parties

  • Will Mitchell

    You would win that bet.

  • D

    Yes, this post is good if your goal is to be as "cool" as Gothamist. Otherwise, you lost me.

  • Jane

    Thank you for this. While I'm all about doing what makes you happy, there's something aggravating about Zoey Deschanel-worshiping hipsters acting like going without pants is sooooo totally zany. Also, as a woman who's been harassed and groped on the Metro: seriously?

  • Craig

    Can't wait for these over-privileged hipsters and yuppie-sters to get together for the next Big Snowball Fight at DuPont Circle. I wonder what will happen when they pelt African-American police officers with snowballs next time.

    BTW...the "No-Pants" thing was cool & edgy in 2008. Find another meaningless and humorless diversion, hipsters. It's 2013 already, sheesh.

  • noodlez

    YALL FAKE ASS BAMMAS WANNA DO SOMETHING EDGY, WANNA PUSH THE ENVELOPE, WANT SOME STREET CRED, WANT SOME UNWARRANTED ATTENTION? GET SOME ASSLESS CHAPS AND PARADE THRU THE PENTAGON METRO STOP INSIDE AND OUTSIDE AT 7:30AM ON A MONDAY MORNING.

    IM SICK OF THESE TIRED EXIBITIONISTS USING SOME MEANINGLESS REASON TO DO SOMETHING STUPID AND DUMB. YALL NEED TO TAKE YOUR PASTY WHITE ASSES TO STADIUM CLUB OR GOOD GUYS AND TRY TO MAKE SOME DOLLARS.

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