Cheerleading, Survivor-style

Girl, 6, Removed From Cheerleading Team After Parents Object to ‘Booty’ Cheer

The cheer?

“Our backs ache, our skirts are too tight, we shake our booties from left to right.”

I wouldn’t even want my teenaged girl chanting that.

The parents complained and the solution, proposed by another parent, is that the girl be kicked off the team. So they voted, unanimously deciding to boot her booty. Kicked off the island, sent packing. This is reality cheerleading. Only the vulgar survive.

They did say she could try out again next year. How nice. The parents, fortunately, think they’ll skip the humiliation. “We’re probably going to look to get her into gymnastics,” said the mom.

Good idea. Gymnastics still seems to be about strength and agility and balance. And most places are perfectly happy to take your money to teach the skills.

Maybe cheerleading is different in different places – I know baseball and soccer are very different, depending on where you live. I suggest if other adults think the sexualization of children is “cute” or amusing, then better to be voted off when she’s 6, than have to fight the culture for years and years.

4 thoughts on “Cheerleading, Survivor-style

  1. This is why I'm glad I have boys……

  2. I've been following this story as well. There is a radio interview with the coach of the cheer team. Oh my goodness! The woman is scary. I think the 6-year-old girl will be much better off without this cheer team experience.

  3. I immediately became suspicious of cheerleading when they no long seemed to be leading cheers– more like putting on a show. And they started calling it “cheer, ” leaving off the “leading.” Had me wondering what is the purpose here? At our high school though I have never heard a vulgar cheer like this. And these kids are only 6!!

  4. One word: inappropriate.
    Period. I'm glad the parents decided this before their daughter (and they) got too far down the road.

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