Prepare to scoff or salivate, depending on whether you like him or not: actor Jake Gyllenhaal, along with several other famous faces (and even more not-so-famous hipsters), is taking the subway half-naked this week in participation with the 10th Annual No Pants Subway Ride.
Most people say that the ride is just an annual flash-mob fad that people like to get in on for fun. Some, however, claim it’s to make riding public transportation sexier—and to encourage other people to ride public transit, too.
If that’s the case, though, don’t you think after 10 tries, if it’s not working, why bother to continue the event?
Don’t get me wrong; I like seeing Jake Gyllenhall in his underoos as much as the next person, but if it’s not going to be effective, it’s just something for fun—which, of course, has nothing wrong with it, either. But if it’s not going to be in order to entice people to ride the subway (and let’s face it, maybe it does, for just this week, so people can see other people in their underwear, freezing their butts off in the winter weather), why not just make it for fun instead?
It’s a lot like those Facebook campaigns that are supposed to raise awareness against, say, child abuse by having you change your photo—yet they don’t really make a difference whatsoever. It’s fun, so yeah, let’s do it, but let’s not give it the pretense of being for a cause when it’s really not. (Of course, it sounds like that’s just what it is to me; I haven’t heard any celebrities mentioning a socially conscious reasoning behind the ride, anyway—and if they don’t talk about it like that, then there’s definitely no point in it being for a greener cause.)
The Annual No Pants Subway Ride isn’t just in New York City, where Gyllenhaal has been riding; it’s multi-city so yours might be participating too. Around 3,500 people are expected to take part in New York alone this week. It’s definitely the largest location with participants, but having been on the DC subway system and knowing some fun people there, I’m pretty sure they could rival the Big Apple if they wanted to.
Is your local subway participating? I don’t have a subway system near me, so I won’t be able to take part—or take photos, for that matter—but if you’d like to do so and share them, definitely feel free to do so here.