Friday, January 11, 2008

Spreading the "News": No Pants 2K8

Beware Of Passengers Without Pants On T

BOSTON (WBZ) ― If you're on the Red Line Saturday afternoon, you might see something unusual on the train - hundreds of passengers without pants.

The New York-based group Improv Everywhere is encouraging people to sign up for the stunt in Boston and nine other cities January 12. The Boston event kicks off at 3 p.m. at the Alewife station on the T.

The group says there are only two requirements for participation. You "must be willing to take your pants off on a subway" and be "able to keep a straight face" while doing it.

They request participants don't wear a thong or anything else that might offend passengers.

"Our aim is to make people laugh, not [make them mad]." Boston organizer Adam Sablich posted on Facebook. He also urges participants not to cause trouble. "MOST IMPORTANTLY: If you are asked by ANY person of authority (even rent-a-cops) to put your pants back on, DO SO. We aren't trying to get anyone arrested and we aren't protesting anything, so don't be stupid."

The site also contains very specific instructions for participation, including:

-Not talking to each other. "No one knows each other"

-"Sit in a car as you normally would" until your assigned time to de-pants. Then "stand up and take your pants off and put them in your backpack… If anyone asks you why you've removed your pants, tell them that they were "getting uncomfortable" (or something along those lines.)"

-At assigned stops participants are to exit and "stand on the platform, pantless."

-" If questioned, tell folks that you "forgot to wear pants" and yes you are "a little cold". Insist that it is a coincidence that others also forgot their pants. Be nice and friendly and normal."

More than 300 people have reportedly signed up for the event, which is being called "No Pants 2K8." On its Web site, the group claims it has pulled off more than "70 missions involving thousands of undercover agents."

WBZ-TV contacted the MBTA about the event. According to T spokesman Joe Pesaturo, "If they pay their fares and conduct themselves in a safe and orderly fashion without breaking any laws, then there should not be any problems."

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