Friday, January 15, 2010
Would You Celebrate Larry Platt Day?
Larry Platt, the new 62 year old edition of William Hung, became well known to America for his original song "Pants on the Ground." What you probably don't know is that Larry Platt is a local hero in Atlanta. He even has his own holiday in the city on September 4th for his "priceless and immeasurable contributions to society" and "his great energy and commitment to equality and the protection of the innocent and for his outstanding service to the Atlanta community and the citizens of Georgia." Platt was a student of Martin Luther King Jr. in the 1960's and formed his legacy as a teenager in the civil rights movement. He remains a community activist to this day, working with the United Youth Adult Conference (a volunteer organization set up to find missing children in the Atlanta area).
So you can't really blame the guy for being disappointed in today's youth for having their "pants on the ground" after everything he fought for to gain respect from society. Unfortunately he will now be remembered for his American Idol stint rather than his good work. I have to say he has inspired me to buy a belt.