Both ACLU and Patti Hupp are hypocritical in their attack on the cheerleaders having a laugh at their dinner.
It’s correct to tell the girls that it’s inappropriate today to compare “boobs” or “skinniest” but totally overlook the fact that the purpose of cheerleading is to excite crowds before largely male sports games. Short skirts are worn, legs kicked high and breasts shaken. Dance form has similarities to frontier “can-can dancing” and sexual overtones.
Hupp states that the last thing these cheerleaders need is to be told their appearance is something to be gawked at. But it is by males!
ACLU threatens legal action regarding these joke awards and is shamefully missing the point. They emphasize freedom of expression in schools and yet hit hard on cheerleaders for fun awards on body shapes and sizes and ignore the sexual connotations of cheerleading per se.
Would cheerleaders be wanted at games in long dresses and really loose garments?
In New Zealand the girls would be told it’s inappropriate and that would be the end of the matter. Cheerleading is rare in NZ. We have male Hakas to scare opponents — not girls shaking their booties.