Its like Fish without Chips or Sausage without Mash – the NFL without cheerleaders it seems would be an incomplete and unsatisfying world full of large sweaty athletes, and podgy coaches.
About a week ago the San Diego Chargers cheerleaders – the ‘Charger Girls’ released their 2008-2009 Swimsuit Calendar.
All very aesthetically pleasing I’m sure – just see above for an example issued to the world’s media as proof.
It got me thinking, is there a degree of hypocrisy in the crazy world that is the NFL?
When Janet Jackson’s famous ‘wardrobe malfunction’ occurred during a Superbowl halftime show we had public outrage around the globe. Did we really want to see Janet Jackson’s bizarre giant silver nipple jewellery ? Probably not. Did the NFL have red faces and proceed to book men in their 50’s to do subsequent half-time shows ? – yes of course they did.
This huge fuss over a mammary gland with an exposed nipple was treated like a national embarrasment, yet each and every week we are treated to acres of cleavage on NFL sidelines, from the myriad of NFL cheerleaders, thrusting their hips and dancing like showgirls with more silicone on display than a plastic surgeons annual trade fair.
No nipples on show I admit, but its pretty damn close each week, as breasts are shoved high and positioned to give fans a good eyeful at each game without showing any exposed nipple.
Having lived in soggy England all my life I have not had the experience of seeing women thrusting push up bras in my face every day as I visit my local supermarket for a pint of milk.
I reckon the male residents of Florida have a whole different view on the world though, as Sun = flesh exposure by women.
We all know sex sells, and cheerleaders in the NFL do a helluva lot of great charity work, but if you are gonna retail calendars of your team’s members of staff in bikinis then I think that you should accept a flashing nipple without such disgust.
If any Charger Girls are reading my blog (wouldn’t that be hilarious) I have one piece of advice – wrap up warm ladies, London in October is colder, wetter, grayer and more miserable than our prime minister Gordon Brown having a bath and at the same time announcing we are in a recession.
Do YOU think cheerleaders are an important part of the NFL package ? Let me know…..