'Pants on the Ground' hits 'The View'

Ladies and gentlemen, it looks like we officially have 2010’s version of “The Macarena” and “Who Let the Dogs Out” — Larry Platt’s “Pants on the Ground”. The 63-year-old debuted his loopy rap on American Idol last week, where resident meanie Simon Cowell said, “I have a horrible feeling that song could be a hit.” Well, right again, Simon. Since then, Platt’s ditty has gone viral on the internet. And this morning he appeared on The View to perform his rapping sensation. Is he in on the joke? Who knows? And isn’t that part of the weird fun of the thing anyways? Take a look at what you missed below and afterwards begin the countdown until Platt snags a three-picture deal with 20th Century Fox.


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  • Icon

    The song is not that catchy or clever or funny or anything. I really don’t get it.

    • AcaseofGeo

      It is very clever and catchy and timely. Its too bad you don’t see the fun in this novelty. Its a very good message too, cuz those people he’s aiming at are eyesores.

      • No

        Song couldn’t be lamer, and he’s about at least 20 years too late. People wearing their pants too low is certainly a ridiculous eyesore but it’s nothing new. So no, not clever or timely at all.

      • weiveht

        Way to run something into the ground as usual America!

    • Chris

      waiting for the Euro Dance Mix.

  • Dave

    Why is this happening? When will people get over their fixations with novelty acts?

    • Chris

      never. everevereverever.

  • mishka

    Yay to General Larry Platt!!! Don’t forget the man has been a human right activist too!
    “Pants on the ground,
    Pants on the ground,
    Lookin’ like a fool
    with your pants on the ground
    With gold in your mouth
    Hat turned sideaways
    Sisters say you’re looking good
    Call yourself a cool cat, lookin like a fool
    Walkin downtown with your pants on the ground
    Get it up!”
    I heart this song so much! It’s on a way to become a cult song!

    • UGH

      Sighhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!

  • Observatron

    You really don’t get it?

    Two words: Cultural Backlash

    Larry Platt just voiced in a smile-inducing little ditty what a lot of people are thinking but are uncomfortable saying.

    That’s really all there is to it. If you don’t like it, just wait 5 minutes for the next meme to appear.

    • Mo

      I agree. I think his song isn’t too catchy because of the fact that he’s 60+ years old. But, he’s saying what most of us are thinking; “what’s up with today’s youth” in a way that they understand (rap).

      • Coimbra

        Today’s youth, or at least the youth in my household and their teenage friends, aren’t watching American Idol. Larry Platt hasn’t crossed their radar and regardless his chosen genre of Rap I have my doubts that he ever will. He’d have to be on MTV, not The View, for that to happen. Nontheless, a phlanx of weary and sore eyed parents and teachers are shouting out their front doorways and hallways “Pants on the ground, pants on the ground, looing like a fool with your pants on the ground. Pull it up!!” In the parochial high school my kids attend it seems the hemlines on the girl’s kilts rise in direct proportion to the waistlines on the boy’s pants. It’s like nobody wants to keep anything a mystery anymore. Sigh.

      • Coimbra

        The kilts rise in direct proportion to the drop in the pants waistline is what I meant to say. The skirts are going up, up and up and the pants are coming down, down and down. It’s gross. Probably not too hygenic either.

  • Karena

    Icon- I agree with you- obviously the man, and the song, had a ton of help upfront from IDOL making this happen for this man- it’s not that catchy to me- it could be way better if it had more interesting lyics like ‘crotch below your knees, boxers hanging out, shoelaces dragging, vs. just pants on the ground- which isn’t always the case since so many of the guys where long shorts! I don’t think it’s even that funny and the guy on the View today appeared to have lots of screws loose!

  • Karena

    Observatron- it’s not a matter of not ‘liking it’-and lots of people criticize this type of look on anyone regardless of culture- where do you live- under a rock?

  • william martinez

    I hope nobody cheats this fine man out of his due.someone with influence needs to step up to make sure he gets the money he rightfully deserves!!!

    • talkin’

      agreed

  • Nick T

    its not like its gonna make any difference.

  • Sina

    I’m also glad he is saying what a lot of people are thinking. So many young kids think wearing their pants so low that their drawers are showing is cute. It isn’t. Like the “General” said, you look like a fool. And I hope he gets a movie deal. He’s been involved in civil rights since he was a teen getting beat by cops. He has done so much for is community that he has his own day in Atlanta, GA. He has a story beyond this catchy little tune.

  • Natalie

    He’s such a cool cat.

  • qpause

    it was totally lame it just repeating itself

  • Jay

    All i like about the song is the message it sends to youth :D

  • james

    I was embarrassed to see this older African American man on MLK day basically make himself into a modern minstrel show. He’s clearly not in on the joke…which is a shame.

    • Javier

      I see it completely differently. What I saw was an elderly Black man telling the youth “Have some respect for yourself; you look like a damn fool!”

    • UGH

      I totally agree James, you hit the nail right on the head. Speaking of “lookin’ like a fool”………….

  • Kristina

    Let the man have his 15 mins. I think it’s awesome and cute. Good for him.

  • Chris

    This brought me back to “She bangs” sung by the odd Asian kid years back.

    • Angie

      That would be William Hung. He’s showed a lot more class than other idol wannabes who get featured swearing at the judges. I’d rather they show more William’s vs people cussing out the judges.

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