Hundreds of women protested outside a man's home Oct. 23 in Barrington, Rhode Island, because he mocked women over the age 20 wearing yoga pants in a letter to the Barrington Times on Oct. 19 (video below).
"To all yoga pant wearers, I struggle with my own physicality as I age," Alan Sorrentino wrote in his letter. "I don’t want to struggle with yours."
The Boston Globe notes that Sorrentino compared women who are older than 20 and wearing yoga pants in public to men wearing Speedos in a grocery store.
In addition to the "Yoga Pants Parade" outside his home, Sorrentino told the newspaper that he has received death threats.
Sorrentino described his letter as satirical and funny, and added: "It was in the face of all this political stuff, with all these really important issues going on, and then there’s this letter about yoga pants."
The protesters, who included mostly older women and young girls, wore their form-fitting yoga pants in a route that went past Sorrentino's home.
"I don’t get involved in much in the way of protests and marches and all of that, but this just brought me out because the guy’s letter was offensive," Ellen Taylor, a protester, told The Boston Globe. "It’s OK if you’re 20 and gorgeous to wear yoga pants, but don’t do it if you’re older and lumpy and bumpy?"
"This isn’t a personal vendetta against Mr. Sorrentino," Taylor added. "It really went beyond him."
Protest organizer Jamie Burke told the crowd of protesters: "It speaks to the need for us to stand up for our rights to wear what we want," reports WPRI.
Some protesters carried sings that stated: "PEACEFUL PANTS PARTY."
In response to the protesters, Sorrentino put up a sign outside his home that said: "FREE SPEECH."
There were police stationed outside Sorrentino's home during the protest.
"Every little bump, every little noise," Sorrentino told The Boston Globe. "I lock my car, I lock my windows, I lock my house — I’ve locked myself out of my house twice."
According to Burke, she did invite Sorrentino to join the protest, but he "impolitely declined" her invitation.
Sorrentino said the "humiliating" invitation was to wear yoga pants and march.
As word of the protest spread, women around the U.S. and the globe posted pictures of themselves wearing tight yoga pants on Facebook.
Sorrentino, who is openly gay, told WPRO on Oct. 22:
It's vicious and intimidating. I don't think it's even legal. If I were doing this to a woman, I'd be arrested immediately. If a bunch of men decided to march by a woman's house because of something she wrote in the paper, they'd be arrested. The fact that this is seen as an appropriate reaction to the letter I wrote in the paper is really disgusting.
Sorrentino compared the protest to the bullying of gay people.