‘Pants On The Ground’ Becomes American Idol Internet Sensation
January 15, 2010
The song, created by a 63-year-old “General” Larry Platt.
Platt, who marched as a heavy advocate in the Civil Rights Movement, is a common face at local city council meetings in Atlanta, Georgia, where he protests against the foreclosures that have hit poor neighborhoods in the city.
When he came in it was obvious that he was much older than the age restriction put in place. But he didn’t want to go through; he wanted to give a message.
“Pants on the ground. Pants on the ground. Lookin’ like a fool with your pants on the ground,” the man, who says he is a four-star-general for Civil Rights, sang for the four judges, which included Mary J. Blige.
“With the gold in your mouth. Hat turned sideways. Pants hit the ground
Call yourself a cool cat, lookin’ like a fool.”
The song had the judges dying with laughter, and by the time he happily threw himself down in a rather impressive attempt at splits for a man his age he was a legend.
Simon commented that he had a “horrible feeling that the song would be a hit.” He was right.
But Platt didn’t do it for fame. He did it to try to get the kids in his neighborhood to buy a belt.
“It’s not the way it’s supposed to be, kids walking around here with their pants all hanging down, calling themselves ‘gangster’ and everything. I don’t like it.”
To see the song, click here.
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