Unfortunately for Vince Mc Mahon, using cheerleaders to garner popularity for his league didn’t always go well.
In what is now billed as the “worst halftime football stunt in history,” Vince Mc Mahon sent a cameraman into the Orlando Rage Cheerleaders locker room.
If I were to tell you that a growing group of killjoys wants to ban NFL cheerleading, would you guess that this group is on the political left or right? They're the religious ones with all the sexual hang-ups. In The Boston Globe, Margery Eagan, Globe columnist and co-host of NPR's "Boston Public Radio," wrote a column titled "It's time to say goodbye to the NFL cheerleaders." She described NFL cheerleading as "creepy and demeaning." USA Today sports columnist Nancy Armour came to the same conclusion: "The underlying premise of NFL cheerleaders is degrading. NFL cheerleaders need to go." Chicago Tribune sports reporter Shannon Ryan wrote, "The league has shown only that it regards cheerleaders as pieces of sideline eye candy." To make her point, she asked, "why aren't there scantily dressed male cheerleaders and dance teams?
" Only the well-educated could ask such a stupid question -- because only the highly educated deny that, with few exceptions, the only people who would like to see scantily dressed male cheerleaders are gay men.
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At one point, in an interview with “ESPN The Magazine,” Mc Mahon even made the outlandish claim that players would date the cheerleaders, and the fans would know if they were doing the “wild thing.” “Yes, our cheerleaders will date our players,” Mc Mahon said. We’re going to have three or four of them surround our announcers — who’ll be sitting in the stands, by the way…
then, when the quarterback fumbles or the wideout drops a pass — and we know who he’s dating — I want our reporters right back in her face on the sidelines demanding to know whether the two of them did the wild thing last night.” That’s right.
Apparently, her religious husband, a successful businessman, didn't find this woman's cheerleading background "demeaning." On the contrary, like the vast majority of men -- religious or secular -- he was delighted to be dating and ultimately marrying an NFL cheerleader. It was clear that even now, as an Orthodox Jew who dresses in the long skirts and long sleeves, she doesn't find cheerleading demeaning: She sent me a photo of herself from her cheerleader days.He doesn't explain how being an NFL cheerleader is "demeaning." He simply declares it so. I did, and the consensus among cheerleaders is that it is one of their greatest life experiences. I made a positive impact in lives, young and old, and I did it all with 30-something incredible women.Jacie Scott, a black woman who retired from being a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader in 2016, wrote in response to Nancy Armour: "I spent four years as a cheerleader in the NFL, and the experiences that each year brought helped shape me into the woman I am today. I wouldn't trade my time as a cheerleader for anything." What is demeaning to cheerleaders is not cheerleading but people like Tom Krattenmaker, Shannon Ryan, Margery Eagan and Nancy Armour who have the conceit -- and meanness -- to label these women demeaned.He insisted that football and cheerleaders belonged together, and that the cheerleaders should have a greater role in the game day product.‘ Of course, other sports leagues are no strangers to promoting the sex-appeal of cheerleaders, but the 2001 version of the XFL packaged and sold the cheerleaders as sex objects.