Ellis Drummond saggy pants ban human rights

Ellis Drummond leaves court. Photo: Masons

Pants on the ground? So be it.

A British judge has ruled against banning a troublemaking teen from wearing low, underwear-exposing pants on the grounds that it could violate his human rights, the Daily Mail reports.

(StyleList is sure Amnesty International is beside itself.)

The decision comes after U.K. courts attempted to give 18-year-old "thug" Ellis Drummond an "antisocial behavior order" (known as an ASBO), banning him from "wearing trousers so low beneath the waistline that members of the public are able to see his underwear" and any tops "with the hood up," on the grounds that they were intimidating, according to the paper.

But while District Judge Nicholas Leigh-Smith of the Bedford Magistrates Court in England reportedly gave Drummond a four-year ASBO preventing him from begging or engaging in threatening behavior, he declined to stop the teen from dropping his drawers. (An American judge made a similar ruling in 2008.)

"Some of the requirements struck me as contrary to the Human Rights Act," the judge told the source.

As such, Drummond will live to flash his Fruit of the Looms another day.

"My sister said they wouldn't be able to put in those conditions," he told the paper. "It's like they're trying to change the way I dress."

(Er, yes. That's the point, hon.)

Luckily, the teen reportedly had the support of civil liberties group Big Brother Watch, with its director Alex Deane arguing, "The proper punishment for the comically low-riding trousers favored by some people is that we all think they look ridiculous."

John Midgley of the Campaign Against Political Correctness, meanwhile, disagreed, telling the Daily Mail that the judge's decision meant the "human rights of the criminal are put above the human rights of innocent people."

Somehow we think we'll survive... but do try to keep it in your pants, OK, dudes?

Meanwhile, read about this mayor fighting to ban saggy pants.