Thursday, July 23, 2009

Erin Andrews-gate

In case you've somehow missed it, ESPN reporter Erin Andrews was recently videotaped in her hotel room--nude, ironing her clothes and curling her hair. The video has been around for awhile but gained stature this week when the website Deadspin reported on the situation.

Now, the whole affair threatens to blow up to into a pop culture "news" event. ESPN is upset at the New York Post for running photos of Andrews. The entertainment media are reporting on the situation. And, the latest twist is this Tweet from USA Today sports columnist Christine Brennan, "I also would suggest to her...that she rely on her talent and brains and not succumb to the lowest common denominator in sports media by playing to the frat house."

Andrews is a very pretty woman. She's also a very good sideline reporter. Neither, though, are important to the bottom line here--Andrews was spied upon...she was violated. That is a crime whether your name is Erin Andrews of ESPN or Erin Andrews of Anytown, USA.

I personally cannot believe Brennan's post, given that it came from a columnist who has a long history of supporting women's athletics and equality of women in sports--whether as a participant or in the business of sports. I'm saddened that Brennan intimated that Andrews brought this upon herself in some way. That's just wrong...

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