A Jehovah’s Witness leader this weekend blamed gay fashion designers for what he considers immodest attire, ranting against tight pants and suggesting that the “metrosexual look” was engineered by gay fashion designers.
Anthony Morris III, a member of the Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses, let loose on tight-fitting attire for women and men during a meeting for the church’s U.S. branch Saturday, reports JW Survey, a website for dissident Witnesses and former Witnesses.
Here are some highlights from Morris’s rant:
“Worldly women … even some of our sisters now … what it is is this spanx, this skin-tight stuff they wear ... when they exercise. They leave their home and they’re jogging in this stuff … is that appropriate? To wear skin-tight spanx, or whatever they call it? It’s not modest … It’s really not appropriate….
“For these young fellas … it’s the metrosexual look … Metrosexual — that’s the tight suit jacket and the tight pants … and they are tight, I mean tight, all the way down to the ankles and that is not modest, brothers …
“This is a fact. The homosexuals that are designing these clothes—they like you in tight pants. That’s who likes it — not spiritual people.”
Although Morris uses the word “spanx,” he seems to be referring to spandex workout attire rather than the undergarments that bear the brand name Spanx.
Audio of Morri's anti–tight pants rant was posted to YouTube with accompanying transcription:
Morris previously sounded off on tight pants and the gay fashion designers he blames for creating them in a speech he delivered at the church branch office in Rome, according to a blog post published on JW Survey in January.
JW Survey blogger John Cedars, a former Jehovah’s Witness, summarized that the speech,which included a denunciation of flashy clothing that “enters the room before [you] do” and an admonishment of families that don’t eat daily meals together that “the devil has attacked you.”