Monday, April 29, 2013

A Chunky Cheerleader Poll?

by Kate Collins


You might have heard the blurb on TV about the newspaper columnist who called an Oklahoma City Thunder cheerleader “chunky.”  In the column was a poll asking readers what their opinions were on the girl in her cheerleader outfit.

Voters could choose from three options. Either they thought Williams had "the perfect look to be an NBA cheerleader," "she could use some tightening up in her midsection," or "she has no business wearing that outfit in front of people."

Really? This is what a journalist is foisting on readers as a news column? Passing judgment on a young woman’s body? Or is it a new sport? Remember back in February when a former Green Bay Packers cheerleader was called "ugly" and "an eyesore" on an unofficial Chicago Bears Fan page?

You have to wonder what a person gains by ridiculing a young woman who is obviously giving her all. Does it make the writer feel better about him/herself?

Wouldn’t you like to see the journalist placed in a similar situation?
Even better, how about a poll?

Choose from 3 options

1.     This journalist has the perfect writing style to be in the newspaper.
2.     S/he could use some tightening up in her pre-frontal lobe section.
3.     S/he has no business posting that column in front of people.

I’d pick number three. How about you?