The cheerleader squad for the Philadelphia Eagles exercises and practices in my neighborhood gym. The other day a lawyer came in and took a few of them aside. I overhead her instruct them to delete their Facebook and MySpace profiles immediately, explaining that membership in online social networks is a breach of contract.
Evidently “the team” (read: the owners) feels it cannot regulate what they put on their profiles: I recall her saying that the team wants to promote a “wholesome” image, and so therefore doesn’t want any of its corporate imagery associated with “inappropriate things,” i.e., sexy photographs, suggestive messages, and the like. The last thing I heard her say is, “If you feel these profiles are important for your modeling career or personal life, then keep them — but then you will relinquish your position on the squad.”
(1) I’m curious as to how far this kind of regulation extends beyond just online social networking, if tat all. Are professional cheerleaders, so long as they are contracted with a team or agency, allowed to have normal “offline” social lives?
(2) I’m also confused: you have scantily clad woman hopping and gyrating on live television for millions to see, and somehow they are supposed to also be “wholesome”? Obviously, I’m not complaining; I am, after all, a guy (and I would also like to take a moment to thank God for blessing my gym). Nevertheless, I’m a bit confused as to the morality of “wholesome cheerleading.”
And (3) is this a violation of their civil rights?
In an effort to put these questions to the Eagles blogging community, I will now proceed to ping here, here, and here. (This just had me cracking up and has nothing to do with the subject.) I’ve also put the questions in e-mail form to James and Sasha of the Professional Cheerleader Blog (much to my amazement, it does exist).
(Yes, I go to the gym with the woman in that photograph; and yes, even without photo-shopping, she does indeed look that amazing.)
Considering the speed with which this post has been moving through cyberspace, I’d like to direct everyone’s attention to this little diddy of a follow-up.
Hmmm I think if word continues to spread, I’m going to have 40 very angry and very athletic women out to kill me. A more glorious death I cannot imagine. 🙂