The concept of cheerleading is a pretty amazing one. They are like a cold beer on a Sunday afternoon for NFL football. Similarly, they are like a beer on a Saturday night while watching a UFC event. I guess what I'm trying to say is that much like the icing on the proverbial cake, cheerleaders take a sporting event and make it so much more via the addition of gorgeous, fit, gyrating women. With all that said however, they aren't a necessity in the NFL for example. The game can function without them, but they absolutely add something pretty wonderful.
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A new film that premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival on Friday questions whether an NFL team was hypocritical in demanding that its cheerleaders maintain a wholesome image while decidedly selling their sex appeal to fans. The focus of " Sidelined ," a documentary short directed by Galen Summer, is the San Diego Chargettes squad from the late s that was systematically fired after members posed alongside other NFL cheerleaders for Playboy. In , NFL cheerleading squads were in their nascence, trying to compete with the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, who were at the top of the game as detailed in a documentary that premiered last month, "Daughters of the Sexual Revolution: The Untold Story of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders".
The women told the Times they felt they had been "pimped out."
The report adds to the growing pile of evidence that NFL cheerleaders across the league are forced to work under unfair conditions, and, as suggested by the women who spoke to the Times, often beyond the confines of their jobs on the football field. During a calendar photo shoot trip to Costa Rica, the cheerleaders said, the team invited a group of all-male sponsors and FedExField suite holders to watch the squad members pose topless or in nothing but body paint for their photos. Several of them began to cry. Other girls were devastated because we knew exactly what she was doing. The cheerleaders noted that their escorting duties did not require them to have sex with the men. The team confirmed to the Times that the cheerleaders were paid nothing for the weeklong trip, though their transportation costs, meals and lodging were covered. Teel Jr.
Former Chargettes cheerleader Lynita Stuart came forward in a documentary titled 'Sidelined,' which detailed how the entire squad was abruptly fired after members posed alongside other NFL cheerleaders in the December issue of Playboy. Lynita Stuart was just 20 years old when she joined the San Diego Chargettes — a decision that came with dire consequences. Still, she wanted the opportunity to reconnect with her former teammates 40 years later.