Here’s a link to an article that I found online about a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader who was forced to her delete her Twitter account after tweeting a couple of harmless comments about an encounter she had with a football player during Thursday’s game. In the article, it is asked “Do the Cowboys believe that cheerleaders are only to be seen, not heard?” Which is a question I couldn’t help to ponder as well. The fact that this cheerleader created a small following of her own after accidently being tackled by a football player, seemed to have posed a threat to the owners of the team. When the cheerleaders are being filmed by TV networks in their sports bras and workout shorts, it is ok for them to be admired and gain followers in that manners, but while being everyday people, and making jokes about unfortunate events, it is not ideal for them to be admired for that.
Reading this article led me the think about the countless arguments that are made on behalf of women and the fact that they are supposed to be silent figures, especially in comparison to men. Additionally, it was thought that women were to remain in the background, thus preventing women from having any form of personality at all. As a result of women being forced to silence themselves, they are left to only be seen and not heard, which is the case of this Cheerleader. She was forced to silence herself as a person, but to remain seen in her skimpy uniform, made-up face and perfect hair.
Although this cheerleader was not mocking the team in anyway in her tweets, why do think she was forced to delete her Twitter account?
Does the team’s action take away her rights to Freedom of Speech?