Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Erin Andrews







I LOVE WOMAN. I don't think that this is a secret. I have women ALL OVER THIS BLOG. If you REALLY KNOW ME, I speak on them from 'time to time'. I happen to associate with SOME REALLY ATTRACTIVE PEOPLE. You get the point. So what I am about to embark on does not change that in any way. Sorry for you if you think that me speaking out on this does that. I can't help it if you are that narrow minded.

What I do not like though is when things happen to a women like they did the Erin Andrews. (Pauses and lets you get your 'cynical' thoughts together. Got 'em? Good! Lets continue shall we? Okay!) I think that is pretty fucking low to have to peek in the KEYHOLE of her hotel room on some "Revenge of the Nerds/Insert Your Sophomoric D List Movie Title Here" type time. Again, I have posted pics up of woman in various states of undress on here before and will continue to do so IF at some point, the woman gave some sort of consent to SOMEONE. Erin gave none of that to NO ONE. She had no clue that was happening to the best of my knowledge so you won't see YOURS truly posting up pictures. I enjoy looking at Erin but not that much. I will wait. Call it what you want.

Allow me to visit another side of this though if you will.

The role ESPN (and just about any other news/tv outlet that BASICALLY MAKES SURE SOMEONE WHO IS SMOKING HOT appears on your screen to 'report to you') plays in all of this. For years, whether you liked all of the women they have shown or not, ESPN sure has not had many ugly 'woman sportscasters'. Lets be clear. They did not 'invent' sex appeal but they DAMM SURE TAKE ADVANTAGE OF IT.

Erin is a FINE sports reporter. She KNOWS HER SHIT. She could probably walk into my barbershop RIGHT NOW and give a history lesson to well over 85% of said shop (Shouts to Suite 302) on it. She is MORE THAN QUALIFIED to do her job however, I am guessing if a true to life Ugly Betty had the same qualifications, we would NOT SEE HER on our TV screens reporting. Matter of fact, I am SURE OF IT. Her beauty opened that door. Her SKILLS have kept her there.

Why are you pointing this out Carolina when YOU JUST SAID UP TOP, "I hate that this happened to her...'? Contradict yourself much sport?

No. What I am saying is that THIS SHOULD NOT BE A SHOCK that there is this much interest in this video. That's what I am saying. Not that she 'deserved it'. 'Cause she did not. I just covered that! I find it funny that while the 'network' is outraged, that WELL OVER HALF OF THE MALE STAFF probably PRAYED FOR A VIDEO OF HER TO COME OUT. I watch the shows. Hell, I have seen her camera man 'accidentally' stay panned in on her boobs too long. Or her 'co anchors' make comments that she didn't 'egg on'. So I know they aren't too 'broke up' about her video. I am sure they feel bad for her on one hand but BEST BELIEVE they are happier than a mug to see what is under them blazers and pants suits. I just hope that is not lost on her. I am SURE it is not but I hope that it isn't.

I wish her the best and am sorry that this happened to her. I feel bad for her. For real. There are some things to be discussed about this though. Things that in retrospect, I am sure even she will see and 'understand' if she does not already. I just wonder will the rest of the World?

A VERY good article on this subject: Fellas brace yourselves. Ladies too. This dude kept it BEYOND REAL. Which is a good thing to me. He didn't LIE AT ALL. He even USED HIS OWN LIFE EXPERIENCE in it to tie it all in...

Full article here:

I'll begin by answering this question: Can a very attractive woman ever be so good at what she does for a living that her attractiveness is ignored by men? I think the answer is no. No matter how equal the sexes ever become. And I get why that totally sucks for professional women.

Let's get this out of the way, if any perpetrator is found, he should be penalized to the fullest extent of the law for secretly filming Andrews inside her hotel room.

Period.

That could be under federal or state law for initial or subsequent distribution. The legal complexities of this situation make my head spin.

But I don't think we'll find this person. Why? Because the most brilliant computer minds in the country can't track down those who upload viruses on the Internet. Why do we believe we'll be able to find one pervert who uploaded the Erin Andrews peephole video in a country filled with millions of perverts?

And are the millions of perverts to blame? Did the sexual undercurrent of sports culture make something like this, frankly, unsurprising?

Let's begin with a thesis that I think most men will agree with: "If women truly knew how much time we spend thinking about sleeping with them, they'd never sleep with us."

Probably for the betterment of our society most women have no clue how sex-obsessed we men are in our ordinary lives. I know many women claim to understand, but they don't actually get it. It's like men claiming to understand the pain of giving birth. In theory, we get the concept, but we can't really grasp it. Men help hide this obsession because deep down we're all a little embarrassed by how much sex or the pursuit of sex motivates our actions. At least those of us who are smart enough to realize it. Marketers, television executives, movie producers, and others who make a living off society at large are not surprised by these obsessions. It's why every time I see one of those CSI-type shows, it involves a sex-crime gone awry. Often with a hot, young victim.

Remember back when Cinemax's softcore porn got you through high school? Well, now we live in a softcore porn universe. Everyone toes the line as best they can because sex moves products. Unless, God forbid, Janet Jackson's nipple gets revealed. And then, my God? What of the children?



We've drawn a weird line here that allows some companies in America to make money off sex while claiming that they aren't actually selling sex. Meet sports leagues. They support the troops. They would never sell sex. Except when they do.

Which ties right in with Andrews. Let's be clear, she's smart. She's good at what she does on the sideline; she's well-prepared, hard-working, professional, and always ready when the camera cuts to her. But, and this is the kicker, how many people in America could do Andrews' job for ESPN every bit as well as she does? I'll tell you, tens of thousands. Maybe even a million. Put plainly, Andrews wouldn't have her job if she looked like YouTube signing sensation Susan Boyle. No matter how good she was. She just wouldn't. Her looks open doors for her that no one else gets to walk through.

Now, once she's through that door she can demonstrate that she deserves the opportunity, that she's actually good at her craft. But it's her looks that open that door. And ESPN put her on television for one reason, because viewers, mostly male, are sexually attracted to her. Put it this way, if Andrews comes on the screen and the television is muted while I'm doing work, am I more likely to turn on the television to hear what she says than if it's an unattractive woman or Chris Berman?

Yes.

Does that make me stupid?

Maybe.

Does that make me like just about every other male watching television?

I think so.

And Google proves it. While we all may be wagging our heads and tut-tutting about the immorality of the video in question, Google search knows all of our private obsessions. And Google search confirms that come Monday morning, "Erin Andrews" and derivatives were the two most popular search terms in Google; the search graph looks like a bull market. Even by Tuesday afternoon as I write this, she was still sixth, seventh and eighth.

Why is this?

Because ESPN has been selling us softcore sex via Andrews for several years, building up demand for a moment just like this. If you counted how many times men have mentally undressed Andrews while she's giving sideline reports, it would be in the billions. So it's no surprise that tens of millions have viewed the videos. Men from all walks of life, from neurosurgeons to janitors, ESPN executives to the local fan. Erin Andrews working in a 2007 college football game at Texas A&M

But I bet it is a surprise to Andrews. And that really sucks for her. And for women everywhere. It also illustrates how much difference there is between the sexes. Is there any man on earth who women would flock to see ironing clothes naked? I mean for another reason besides confirming that some men do iron clothes for themselves. President Obama? Clooney? Denzel? Mangino?

Nope, nope, nope and yikes. So, right now most women are either offended or befuddled by men's interest. Our minds aren't meeting. And it ain't the first time. The Erin Andrews video is just the latest fault line in sexual politics. Only this time, sports are intimately involved.

I'll put this in a personal context. My wife was a Tennessee Titans cheerleader. I didn't really enjoy it very much to be honest. I was happy when we moved away and she couldn't try out again. Why? Because every time the cheerleaders danced on the field and everyone stood up in the crowd, I knew most men were picking out the girl they'd most like to have sex with. I'd done it for years. Chances are if you're male and you're reading this, you've done it too. There's no other real reason for the football cheerleaders to exist from a male perspective. They're sexual fantasies brought to life.

My wife disagreed that their cheer leading role was entirely based on selling softcore sex. She enjoyed the performance aspect, learning the dance routines, the friendships with the other girls, meeting young children across the community. And that's all a part of it. But more than anything else the leagues are selling sex to their male fans. And most women have no idea how deep that river of desire actually runs.

Then one day a little girl came up to her. "When I grow up, I want to be a Titans cheerleader," the girl said, holding her dad's hand.

"Well, you can do this, but you should want to be a doctor or a lawyer," my wife said.

"Naw, cheerleader'd be good," her dad said, leering.

Later my wife pulled me aside, "Clay, I think most Titans fans would rather their daughter grow up and be a cheerleader than a lawyer."

"I think you're right," I said.

Still do.

Because I think the message we're sending, fair or foul, is that no matter how good any woman is at her job, to a large majority of the men watching her at home, she's just the hot chick that they want to see naked. And you can't tell me that ESPN executives didn't know that too. That, even as they commiserate with Andrews via e-mail, phone calls or whatnot, a large percentage of her co-workers have probably sought out the Erin Andrews video somewhere on the Internet. Because they've probably been picturing her naked, too.

Men all say we all want a son to carry on the family name. But I think in this day and age that's not true anymore. I think we all just fear having a really hot daughter.

CLAY TRAVIS


My man church'd it. He is right. We use sex to sell everything. Even when we say we don't. Don't believe me? Go back and peep Mary Mary's performance on the BET Awards. Pay attention to your next couple of commercials.

As far as the man and the sex thing, did he lie fellas? Don't answer that, your woman might hear you and I don't care how 'open' minded you 'thank' she is, she isn't..Trust me. I KNOW. Women, stop snickering 'cause that EASILY could have been about YOU TOO. Ya'll do it too. Ya'll not watching Dhani Jones 'cause he is an 'expert' travel guide. Lets just say that...


Take note too to what he said about his wife. He was honest with her and himself. That type of honesty with yourself and who you deal with can go a LONG WAY. Go back and read it. I think it was refreshing. No game playing there. No "Naw honey, it is okay if you do that, I don't think anyone thinks nasty thoughts of you..." there...I love it. He kept it ONE HUNDRED. So much for that line in A Few Good Men "You want the truth? You can't handle the TRUTH!" That shoots that theory outta the window..


The daughter thing means something to me of course but I have always felt this way. Even before I had kids. Used to get teased about it by the 'cool dudes' in school who used to do things to women that they would shoot cats over now if it happened to their daughter. Just saying..

Lastly, like I said, ESPN is partly responsible for this as is the rest of TV. This is the environment that they feed DAILY. I mean, if I want news, I don't care WHO BRINGS IT TO ME. Most people aren't like that though and they know it.

2 comments:

I love Erin I think she's pretty and she definitely knows her stuff. But I have my own reservations on this whole peephole sitcho. Gonna leave it at that LOL

You seeing something I am not? @ the angles and such of the video. Spill it woman! Heck do it on FB if you can't here! I have seen many a tape. That one looked a lil sneaky but HAVING A WOMAN SAY THAT NOW gives me reservations about it. @ you saying that. I am intrigued. lol