Representation Through Humiliation

1/12/2005

Cheerleaders Respond

Yesterday, the day after the now infamous Abu Ghraib Cheerleader Connection, we contacted Sheila Noone, editorial director of American Cheerleader Magazine for her thoughts on the matter, She had this to say:

"Everything a cheerleader does on the field is done for a positiveresponse and to build spirit. With this tasteless analogy, Mr. Womackhas trivialized the problem of Army misconduct and insulted the 4million cheerleaders who work so hard to be taken seriously as athletesand student leaders. Please call me if you need more or would like to discuss this further."

Everyone seems to be ignoring what the cheerleaders themselves thought of womack's statements, so I thought I'd get an insider's perspective. So I'm a real reporter now, huh?