Barrington man who wrote yoga pants letter now receiving death threats
By Bianca Buono
Sunday’s Yoga Pants Parade in Barrington is continuing to garner support across the nation. It’s in response to a recent Barrington Times “Letter to the Editor” where a man criticized women for wearing yoga pants. The writer, Alan Sorrentino, says he’s now receiving death threats.
"If I were a woman and a group of men were doing that to me the men would be arrested,” he told ABC6 in a phone interview.
Sorrentino is scared for his life after writing the letter saying women over the age of 20 shouldn’t wear yoga pants in public.
It read in part, "Yoga pants can be adorable on children and young women who have the benefit of nature’s blessing of youth. However, on mature, adult women there is something bizarre and disturbing about the appearance they make in public."
On Saturday, Sorrentino told ABC6 the letter was a joke.
"I thought I would write something silly and frivolous so I kind of assumed this character of this old man and I wrote that thing in five minutes and I sat down and I thought it was hilarious I was dying,” Sorrentino said.
But women in Barrington are not laughing. In fact, they’ve organized a parade on Sunday in support of women wearing yoga pants. They’ve garnered support from thousands across the country, including Rhode Island based clothing company Dear Kate, which specializes in yoga pants. Representatives from the company will be at the parade, handing out discount codes and will donate 100 pairs of yoga pants to the Sojourner House in Providence.
"What Dear Kate looks at it an opportunity to do is to celebrate women and celebrate our products, our design to empower women and instill confidence in women,” said Gina Baxter, a spokesperson from Dear Kate.
Sunday’s parade route starts at Hampden Meadows School and wraps around a Barrington neighborhood, which just so happens to be where Sorrentino lives. He’s asking the parade organizers to move it.
"That makes me feel very fearful,” Sorrentino expressed.
The parade’s organizer tells ABC6 they are standing by the original route and they will not engage with anyone on the street in a negative way. She says Barrington Police will be there. It starts at 2 p.m.
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