April 24, 2006

Gratuitous Cranky Llama Posting

Ladies and Gentlemen, Mr. James Lileks:

I hate, hate, hate the term “pimping” as a synonym for “increasing the superficial exterior aesthetics.” The origins of the word are not exactly mysterious; it refers to those fellows who use force, threats of force, and crude psychology to make drug-addicted women walk the streets and service panhandled men in cars in dark alleys. But somehow we’ve gotten away from that. I wouldn’t be surprised to read a story about a new Papal tiara, and learn that Benedict had “pimped out his rainments.”

A-men, Brutha.

And get a load of this example of mainstreaming Lileks digs up: Pimpfants:

About Us Pimpfants... it's more than a name, it's a movement! Our clothing bridges the generation gap between parents and kids, allowing babies and tots everywhere the opportunity to hit the playground with fresh gear and street cred.

Jesus. Mary. Joseph.

But what the hey, it's just a warm-up phase. Soon, the little darlin's will be graduating to clothing with lettering on the seat of the pants, all the better for Michael Blowhard to ogle. (Yips! to Rachel for that link.)

Does anybody see a pattern here? Anybody? Bueller?

What amazes me the most about all this is the number of parents who actually seem to encourage this sort of thing, as if they believe tricking out the younger generation in pimp 'n ho coture is somehow a good thing.

Nostalge de la Streetcorner, I suppose.

Posted by Robert at April 24, 2006 02:00 PM | TrackBack

Body, dead, mine. Over.

Posted by: Brian B at April 24, 2006 02:31 PM

Somewhat OT, although it may well contribute to your gratuitous crankiness, over at Blue Crab Boulevard they are featuring a pic of none other than Osama bin Llama himself:


Just thought you might like to know ;-).

Posted by: Manuela Boy at April 24, 2006 03:19 PM

Now pimpfants is something worth rioting over. And burning down their business.

Posted by: rbj at April 24, 2006 04:21 PM

'cause we be, big pimpin' spendin' G's...

Posted by: phin at April 24, 2006 06:37 PM

oh and you say this like you don't own the entire collection of Big Baller Pimp Suits.

Posted by: phin at April 24, 2006 06:43 PM

Amen, brothers. Kill them slowly.
When finished, think.
What would Jesus do?
I remember when Elvis was the devil.

Posted by: Clay at May 10, 2006 11:20 PM