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Get Your Pants Off the Ground, America!!!

Updated on February 6, 2011

General Larry Platt's Inspiration for His Hit Song

Inspired at the sight of a guy with a baby bottle in his mouth, a pacifier and his pants on the ground, now 63 year old General Larry Platt of Atlanta, Georgia came up with his hit song “Pants on the Ground”. Mr. Platt, a longtime civil rights activist, appeared on “The View” in celebration of Martin Luther King’s birthday where he revealed to hosts Sherri Shepherd and Elisabeth Hasselbeck how he came up with his song.

Collecting almost 350,000 Facebook fans, General Platt isn’t the only one who disapproves of walking around in saggy pants hanging off the waist. For Mr. Platt, his song is another one of his causes. Too much has been sacrificed by civil rights activists for today’s youth to be carrying themselves like this. Seeing a young father wearing his jeans below his waist was all the inspiration Platt needed to write his song “Pants on the Ground.” His only hope is that his message of personal responsibility doesn’t get lost in his newly found popularity.

During his work in social justice, Mr. Platt has had his photograph taken alongside such civil rights icons as Martin Luther King, Junior and Congressman John Lewis while standing up firmly in his beliefs with his pants tightly secured. The General proudly displays plaques from city and state officials who have recognized his work in the civil rights movements as a dedicated foot soldier with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.

Mr. Platt is still an active activist. Recently he worked to elect President Barack Obama and can often be seen in downtown Atlanta protesting against war, violence, foreclosures, racism and ‘any wicked things that are taking place.’

Mr. Platt performed his song again while incorporating a dance routine on “The View”. “Pants on the Ground” was also performed by Brett Favre after the Minnesota Viking’s victory over the Dallas Cowboys in January.

Mr. Platt was not allowed to actually compete on “American Idol” because of their age restrictions. Apparently, you may only compete if you are between the ages of 16 and 28. Mr. Platt became ineligible to compete in 1975. Since when is there an age limit on talent? In my opinion, our elders have more life experience to put into their work which may make it all the more interesting. I think “American Idol” should rethink these limitations. Who is more qualified to be our “idol” than someone with experience and a powerful vision for the future such as Mr. Platt? With the way things are in America right now, we need a General to guide us!

Keep doing what you do General Larry Platt. You are loved and appreciated and do not need “idol” status to show the world who you are and what you stand for.


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      Windy Grace Mason 6 years ago from The Eastern Shore of Virginia, Maryland and Delaware, U.S.A.

      General Platt is awesome :) It hurts me that he wasn't able to compete due to his age. I find that ridiculous! Have a blessed evening, my friend...

      Love & Light,

      Windy Grace

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      d.william 6 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      Interesting article. I never heard of Gen. Larry Platt before, so i went on '' and found this video of his American idol audition. If you have not seen it before, i thought you might get a kick out of it. And i do agree with him about getting your pants off the ground. LOL. dw