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May 05, 2005

Texas Cheerleaders not to Shake It anymore: Cheerleaders not told to shake it when state says NO

posted by Jimbob1077 to general at 07:42 AM - 24 comments

"the proposal does not define what constitutes suggestive cheering" FCC much? Seriously, what's in the water down there? oh, and if anybody's got a video link?

posted by garfield at 07:54 AM on May 05

Yeah. The Government needs to get involved in this. I can't think of a single more important thing for your tax dollars. Stupid sexy cheerleaders.

posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 08:05 AM on May 05

What are they going to ban next? High fives?

posted by jasonspaceman at 08:07 AM on May 05

No, hand jobs.

posted by rocketman at 08:09 AM on May 05

So, this is illegal in Texas? You have to be kidding me.

posted by jasonspaceman at 08:10 AM on May 05

and its spreading through education authorities, I presume...KS is promoting "intelligent design" vs. "evolution"

posted by garfield at 08:24 AM on May 05

You know, I'm in complete agreement that this couldn't be more silly. Surely lawmakers haver better things to do. But I have to admit I'm amazed at how high school cheerleading has changed since I was that age. I know I sound like a geezer talking about the "good old days", and high school cheerleading has certainly come a long ways as a sport, but some of the local squads I've seen are basically strippers with pompoms, and no, that's not an exaggeration. The only difference is the cheerleaders wear a bandaid they call a skirt. If I had a daughter she wouldn't participate, and I'm happy with other parents making the same decisions without law makers stepping in.

posted by justgary at 08:46 AM on May 05

Exactly weedy, our tax dollars have no better place to be, I LOVE PRES BUSCH( sarcasm)

posted by Tigersfan at 08:53 AM on May 05

HS Cheerleaders have always been the under-age equivalent of strippers, even back in the good old days.

posted by garfield at 09:10 AM on May 05

If I had a daughter she wouldn't participate I do have a duagther, and she too will not be "breaking it down" nor "Bringing it On" That's not to say I wouldn't let her cheer if she wanted to. If I had a problem with specific cheers, I'd speak to the coach and then the A.D. If that didn't work, I'd make the parental decision whether or the situation warranted pulling her off the team. Once again, public law/policy trying to do the job that parents should do in the first place. Let's put it this way, if the populus of the state of Texas has a problem with the cheers, then why have they allowed their daughters (and sons) to take part in it in the first place?

posted by mayerkyl at 09:11 AM on May 05

This from the state that gave us the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders. How ironic. Granted there is a difference between high school and professional athletics, but Texas has blurred that line more than any other state.

posted by ajsrest at 10:04 AM on May 05

what a waste of government time. couldn't this be cleaned up by cheerleading regulators and stuff? since cheerleading is competitive they must have some sort of guidelines and rules that they must adhere to. do they REALLY need a law for this?

posted by gspm at 10:18 AM on May 05

Good god, Jason, what the hell was that? I wasn't aware Doug Henning had a band. I have to say that I have been pretty shocked at some of the things I've seen HS cheerleaders do in their routines. It made me check my wallet for singles. Still, this should be in the hands of the parents and the local schools. I suspect this won't pass (or will be passed and won't be enforced), but it will have a chilling effect on rumpshaking everywhere.

posted by wfrazerjr at 10:21 AM on May 05

This is the kind of problem that should be solved by local school boards. If parents call and complain about the cheerleaders, then school boards can do something about it. Instead of parents just keeping their children out of cheerleading, maybe they should send out a petition or something. Parents should not underestimate the power they have over the school board.

posted by bperk at 10:54 AM on May 05

You can always vote by taking a walk to the hot dog stand. Cheerleading squads that are really into it do routines that they perceive are audience-pleasing. If you think it's tasteless -- and, yeah, although I don't see it locally, I know the "strippers with pompoms" thing is out there in force -- it's probably best not to remain uncomfortably in your seat like a captive. Just get up and walk away. If you're in the majority, the cheerleaders will clue in and change what they're doing -- and it'll be more effective than legislation. If you're in the minority, at least you won't be watching it.

posted by lil_brown_bat at 11:12 AM on May 05

HS Cheerleaders have always been the under-age equivalent of strippers, even back in the good old days. Maybe in certain instances garfield, but I promise you there are several worlds of difference between cheerleading when I was in high school and what's out there today. I'm sure it has a lot to do with the changes in society as a whole, however.

posted by justgary at 11:18 AM on May 05

I agree to a certain extent, lbb, but I wonder whether the real agent to change are those judging at the major competitions. If the school board says no, no, no, but the state cheerleading championships say yes, yes, yes, I think we know who will win that argument. As for getting up and going to the hot dog stand -- I already do that far too much as it is.

posted by wfrazerjr at 11:23 AM on May 05

Give me a T Give me an A

posted by graymatters at 11:47 AM on May 05

There really isnt anything wrong with the State Edcation Agency setting some guidelines in this area. Esepcially if the desire is to have a consistent policy on this state-wide I would rather see it done on a local basis. but the bottom line is a quality education for everybody.

posted by daddisamm at 11:49 AM on May 05

justgary, no doubt there's a world of difference. my point was along the line of strippers becoming more risque as well, and that cheer leaders mirror this evolution. Ankles used to be HOT. A jumping jack used to be HOT. Now, ass-cheek applause is HOT. A 'consistent policy' is an impossibility without clearly defined terms.

posted by garfield at 12:24 PM on May 05

You can always vote by taking a walk to the hot dog stand. Speaking as a man, I can say that our gender has not yet evolved to that level of maturity. No indeed, the only way to get us not to watch, is to take it from us completely.

posted by mayerkyl at 12:30 PM on May 05

What true football fan really goes to a game to "watch" the cheerleaders anyway! I say get rid of them all!

posted by naptownnice at 01:41 PM on May 05

wfrazerjr: I agree to a certain extent, lbb, but I wonder whether the real agent to change are those judging at the major competitions. If the school board says no, no, no, but the state cheerleading championships say yes, yes, yes, I think we know who will win that argument. Well, yeah. Cheerleading competitions aren't a big deal in every state, but I guess they are in Texas. In Massachusetts, the T&A factor is hampered by the reality of Friday nights in November. As for getting up and going to the hot dog stand -- I already do that far too much as it is. Which brings up another issue: while they're busy regulating, why can't state school boards create a regulation stating that the hot dogs at the hot dog stand shall not suck? They always serve the cheezy kind made with pork lips seasoned with MSG and a week's RDA of socium. The cheerleaders can do whatever they want if they just improve the quality at the hot dog stand.

posted by lil_brown_bat at 06:55 PM on May 05

Damn now i'll have to watch MTV to see those sexy cheerleaders, lets face it most cheerleaders when I played love to give up the T & A anyway so who cares if they don't shake it at the games. Cos you know they be shakin it afterwards

posted by bballcoachreid at 01:48 AM on May 06

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