America loves hot female sportscasters. Hey, whatâ€™s not to love?
But they often get a bit precious.
Witness ESPNâ€™s Samantha Ponder, who, in the aftermath of the Ray Rice incident, tweeted this: â€śBlogs/websites that constantly disrespect women and objectify their bodies, then take a strong stand on the Ray Rice issue, really confuse me.â€ť
Fair enough. Decent point. But Ponderâ€™s ability to be objectified is a big reason she has her job. Sheâ€™s not exactly Robin Roberts.
Ponder is also one of the vast majority of female sportscasters â€“ everybody but ESPNâ€™s Michelle Beadle â€“ to not â€śtake a strong stand on the Ray Rice issue.â€ť That really confuses me. Where are the domestic abuse groups? Why so quiet?
Fox Sportsâ€™ Charissa Thompson put things in perspective recently when she tweeted a photo of herself lounging horizontally in a bikini. Her Instagram featured several more similar shots, including one focusing on her sand-encrusted butt.
Weâ€™ve got to stop objectifying these women. Despite what they want.Â