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?

17 comments:

Carla Henderson said...

I definitely agree with number three. Our girls have enough problems with body image without this fool adding to it. Aside from that, it was just plain mean. A certain Taylor Swift song comes to mind.

Lynda said...

Definitely #3. I was so irritated when I read about that article. I saw a picture of the cheerleader and she is beautiful. But even if she wasn't - even if she didn't fit some person's warped concept of what a professional cheerleader should be - the writer should never have done that article. What a great message she is giving women, and especially young girls...you only have worth if you fit a certain image. If not, get another job where people won't have to see you. This woman is obviously not qualified to be writing anything that the public might have to see.

Aurian said...

O that is cruel and biased. Lots of girls are insecure enough about themselves. So, I pick nr 3. And nr 2, he or she needs a thought process adjustment.

Laineshots said...

Definitely #3 - and I think Aurian's right about #2, too. This isn't journalism, it's middle-school bullying in a public forum. Shame on that columnist and all others like him.

Laineshots said...

Oops - like her. The columnist is female.

Brittney said...

I have to agree with everyone on #3. I completely agree with everyone can have their own opinion. But you do not need to publicize your opinion and hurt someone in the process. I doubt the girl will ever look in the mirror again without thinking of that article and that is very wrong to me.

Lover of Books said...

I also agree with #3. That is so cruel! That person should have to post an apology. As someone who has worked hard to lose weight, I would hate someone to pick on me for my clothes. I see people all the time who shouldn't be wearing things but I never say it to their face. As long as she takes care of herself, that columnist should butt out. :)
Krista

Denise Swanson said...

It is columnists like this woman that is the reason I saw so many girls with body image issues when I worked as a school psychologist. I vote for #3. It is also why I have my sleuth, Skye Denison who is also a school psych deal with these issues in several of my books. The whole situation makes me go grrrrr!

Kate Collins said...

I should have specified that the columnist is also a woman. The earlier post in February about the other cheerleader was a man. Doesn't matter which gender. It's shameful.

Nancy said...

Shameful! #3, primarily and #2, also. What is wrong with the publisher and editor, running that column? It was my impression that newspapers have policies in place to protect young people. For example, not naming under-aged kids when it might be harmful, or giving out their addresses. I guess that only goes so far.

Anonymous said...

I know this chherleader and she isn't fat at all! I don't understand why people (media) thinks its ok to call women fat or ugly. Kelsey hasn't been seen in public and didn't cheer at the last home game because she thinks everyone is saying she is fat. How sad is that

ANNETTE said...

Isn't it interesting that belittling the way a woman looks seems to be so acceptable to the media in general? We have people who make their entire living criticizing what someone wears and how it looks on that body. I do not know about anyone else here, but if I were judged on how I look and what I wear every day, I would live in my closet, have my groceries delivered, and never see another human being.

Kate Collins said...

Annette, I agree! When was the last time you heard someone criticize a football player's weight? Or a basketball's players hairdo? Double standards! I saw the photos of Kelsey and I thought she was a stunning young woman. Anonymous, please tell her that everyone here thinks she should get out and show her critics what a strong, beautiful woman can do. It's really telling what that journalist thinks about herself, isn't it, that she has to deride other women?

Rachelle21 said...

I heard about this on tv. I would vote #3 first on a poll about the reporter. I was very skinny for a time. But, gained weight. Now, I have been getting comments as I lost 20 pounds.

Would the same comments be made about a male cheerleader? Would another male care? Woman seem more critical of other woman than men of other men. Thanks so much for your comments.

Linda Cowan said...

3

Anonymous said...

Number 1 all the way, that cheerleader was way too loose

Anonymous said...

Cheerleader was perfect for OKC, would never get near the floor in LA