What’s Wrong With Being Beautiful?
As if soccer weren’t boring enough, FIFA (the international governing body of that sport) asked broadcasters at the World Cup to stop zooming in on good-looking women in the stands.
Um, I hesitate to point this out, but in a competition where 1-nil is considered a thrilling game, shots of smoking hot women in their team’s colors may be the only thing keeping some viewers awake.
If TV switches to nothing but images of paunchy middle-aged men and unattractive women, ratings could suffer.
Hey, I’m just trying to help.
The request to stop featuring pretty women came during the World Cup but, according to Federico Addiechi, FIFA’s “diversity chief” - sigh - the ugly-women-only-request will likely apply to all future soccer games.
And just imagine how women will feel if they're featured in crowd shots once the no-beautiful-babes rule is instituted.
Here’s the BBC:
Asked if the crackdown on cutaways of female fans would become official FIFA policy, Addiechi replied: "This is one of the activities we definitely will have in future - it's a normal evolution.”
As a woman who even in her prime didn’t have a face that would have caused a camera to linger for a nanosecond, I’m offended.
What do the PC police have against beautiful people?
There’s a reason most leading men are handsome and most female stars are stunning. We like to look at comely features.
Shoot, I’m sure David Beckham knew his way around a soccer ball, but at least part of the reason he became a superstar was because of his dazzling good looks.
That’s the only reason I liked him.
Frankly, I don’t watch soccer and don’t really care if the audiences beg for - and get - more shots of homely fans in the stands.
Just keep this ridiculous political correctness away from the sports I like.
Football, for instance.
Who will ever forget how, at the 2013 college football championship game (which Alabama won 42-7 over a hapless Notre Dame), the cameras repeatedly showed Bama quarterback A.J. McCarron’s girlfriend (now wife) Katherine Webb cheering for the Tide?
The stunning brunette was Miss Alabama in the USA pageant.
ESPN’s Brent Musburger was so taken by Webb that he told his sidekick, Kirk Herbstreit, a former quarterback at Ohio State, “You quarterbacks get all the good-looking women.”
Unable to stop gushing about Webb, Musburger then urged young boys to take up football so they could date dazzling beauty queens.
“If you’re a youngster in Alabama, start getting the football out and throw it around the backyard with Pop.” Musburger quipped.
Sure, some sourpusses complained about Musburger’s remarks, calling them “heteronormative,” as if football fans cared.
But the lovely lady herself did not mind. And why would she? Looking as good as Webb did takes work. Why not enjoy the fruits of your labor?
“It was kind of nice,” Webb told The Associated Press after she heard that some thought Musburger, 73, crossed a line with his remarks. “I didn’t look at it as creepy at all.
“For a woman to be called beautiful, I don’t see how that’s an issue.”
Tell that to FIFA.