You probably didn’t read that title thinking it was a headline for CBS Houston Radio today. Oh, but it was. For those living under a rock (or in a city without an NBA team), NBA playoffs are going on right now and I’m proud to say my home team, the Thunder, kicked some Rockets ass on Sunday night. Rather than attack players, coaches or the team’s playing style as any respectable sports writer would do, someone at CBS Houston raised the question we were all dying to know the answer to: Is this girl too chunky to be an NBA cheerleader?
I tweeted a link to the story when I saw it this morning:
— Maggie (@maggiefair90) April 24, 2013
It has since been taken down from CBS’ website (as it should have been). All I can find now is a summary on Busted Coverage. Apparently, the story was originally published without a byline, but when I saw the story, there was a byline for someone named Claire, who I would assume is a woman. The fact that this story got by editors and published at all is ridiculous, but the fact that a woman would write this story blows my mind. Besides the fact that this girl is in no way “chunky,” the subject matter is just completely inappropriate. I hate when girls are mean to each other (despite the fact that I LOVE “Mean Girls”…who doesn’t?) and I hate when girls say they just “don’t get along with other girls.” I’m going to steal a line from my girl Chelsea Handler and say if you’re one of those girls, you’re probably a bitch (believe it or not, I cleaned up the language a bit!). We girls have enough bad things said about us on a daily basis, so how about we stick together and stand up for each other? People wonder why girls have such low self-esteem at such a young age. When you’re questioning if a 130-pound (just a guess, in no way is that accurate) athletic girl is overweight, where do you think it comes from?
The fact that this isn’t news either is a whole different story. But what do you guys think? Is this style of journalism and reporting something that needs to change? What do we need to do to give young girls better self-esteem today?
I’m gonna be a fan for a second now. Houston, if you had to attack our cheerleaders to attack us as a city or team, obviously you can’t face the fact that we played a hell of a lot better than you Sunday night! Hope to kick your butts again tonight. 🙂 THUNDER UP!