Thursday, February 11, 2010
Shame on You Girls
Sam's Sport Illustrated Swim Suit Edition came in the mail today. Without really thinking about it, I threw it on the table with the rest of the mail. While I was cooking dinner, I flipped it open and saw all the usual gorgeous bodies in tiny bikinis. No surprise there.
That is, until I flipped open to the section featuring four of the girls on the Olympic ski and snowboarding team. Lindsey Vonn, Hannah Teter, Clair Bidez and Lacy Schnoor were all featured in the most provocative poses. Two of the girls were topless. When I went online to find a picture to put with this post, every one of the girls was topless in at least one picture. The one I included was the least offensive of the bunch.
I know I'm going to sound like a prude saying this but I don't care. I have no problem with the SI models posing in the bikinis and being as risque as they want to be. But these four women are athletes. They are role models whether they like it or not. So now little girls are learning it is not enough to just be a great athlete--you have to be sexy and provocative too. Worse yet, these women are representing the United States. Shame on you four. Have a little dignity. Show some pride in your country and your sport. I'm disappointed.
I can already hear Sam's comment "Hate the game, not the player."