If you watched the recent college football national title game (or just read headlines), you know that  during the game, Brent Musburger praised the beauty of the girlfriend of the Alabama quarterback when the camera focused on her.  From an article by Dean Obeidallah at http://www.cnn.com/2013/01/09/opinion/obeidallah-musburger-comments/index.html:

Here’s what he said when the cameras focused on Webb during the broadcast: “…you see that lovely lady there? She does go to Auburn, I’ll admit that, but she’s also Miss Alabama, and that’s A.J. McCarron’s girlfriend. Wow, I’m telling ya, you quarterbacks, you get all the good-looking women. What a beautiful woman! Whoa! So if you’re a youngster in Alabama, start getting the football out and throw it around the backyard with pops.”

ESPN felt compelled to apologize for this.  I have to ask, “What were they thinking?”  What’s going on when on New Years Eve a woman can fake a sex act on television and no apology is given or expected  (and even applauded) but a man expresses admiration for the beauty of a woman and his network apologizes?  Shows like “Two and a Half Men” show and say all kinds of demeaning things about women and sex and they’re considered “funny.”  Someone like Hugh Hefner is presented as someone to be emulated or envied.  A new show on Showtime is called “Californication.”  If Musburger had said she was hot, leered, made an obscene comment/joke/gesture, commented on her breasts or something similar, fine; everyone should apologize.  But he didn’t.  Quite the opposite.   In a culture like ours, what he said is like an old-fashioned declaration of admiration, something quaint, with a whiff of nostalgia.  How can it possibly be something for which to apologize?

The camera operators for ESPN and other networks covering sports routinely show cheerleaders in their skimpy outfits and scan the crowd, dwelling on good-looking women.  Why is that fine and this not?  Would it have been better if Brett would have commented on how great A.J. McCarron or another player looked in his tight pants?

This woman is Miss Alabama, which means that she has a certain opinion of her beauty, and I don’t mean that in a negative way,  and has put that beauty (and undoubtedly a lot more of her body than was seen here) in the public eye.  She herself, her parents and her boyfriend aren’t offended and frankly, anyone who is, in my opinion, has a problem.  If that’s the worst thing a man ever said about a woman, our country would be paradise for woman.

We live in a country that emasculates and puts down men at every turn, puts all sorts of obscenities and off-color jokes and remarks on television and in the movies (and laughs at them), treats women like sex-objects, produces and promotes video games that demean and mistreat not only women but people of all sorts, and then has the gall to object to a compliment like this.  If someone said this about me on television or elsewhere, I’d be flattered, not offended.

It makes me wonder where in the world we’re going and what we could possibly be thinking.

Comments
  1. Great post – I agree!

    • Thanks. It bothers me that people think something like this is a big deal when there are so many other things we need to focus on.

      Hope you’re enjoying your day and having some doggy fun. (You know, you’re quite astute for a dog.) 🙂

  2. A society full of hypocrisy and double moral.
    Nice post!

  3. billgncs says:

    easy to raise boys in this world, tough to raise men.

  4. vbholmes says:

    Well said, Janet. News must have been non-existent that day.

    • No kidding. There are so many things said, done and shown that are demeaning to women and no one says a word (TV, video games, rappers, etc.) but this is considered something for which to apologize? Sad.

  5. give me a break, for heavens sake! Mr Musburger made a respectable comment on Miss America and her beauty, isn’t that what the pagent is all about. the fact that she is a quarterbacks girlfriend and the joke that followed was all in good taste. In this day and age of the immorality seen and heard on television in everyday programming this is just some old biddy with her drawers in a tightknot. Miss Pudence couldn’t find fault with the comment I am sure so why the hullabaloo? Slow news day perhaps. Let’s focus on the homeless, hunger, child abuse, animal cruelty, elderly abuse, you know the REAL social issues in our world. jeezzz

  6. Shannon says:

    That girl was a super cutie!

  7. mindofshoo says:

    Well said. I didn’t think Musberger’s comments were out of line. Oh well. If they didn’t want their announcer to comment…don’t find McCaron’s girlfriend in the crowd and show the audience. Perhaps the producer on site should the one to have an apology aimed towards.

    • When the camera routinely pans cheerleaders in very skimpy outfits, why get upset about this? I thought it was very complimentary to her without in any way stepping out of line. Thanks for reading and commenting.

      janet

  8. I am not sure I even want to speculate as to the why for this. Was it an immediate or near-so apology or was it later in the game? I suppose someone could have called in and been upset, though, as you said, “Why?”
    My opinion? To you, I raise a glass and say, “Here! Here!”
    Scott

    • The apology from ESPN came the next day, I think. I’m sure someone called in but…I won’t re-do my post here but it’s ludicrous, especially in light of all the things in society that are actually demeaning to women (and to men.) I’ll raise a glass back and say, “Thanks and down the hatch!” 🙂

  9. yerpirate says:

    What an extraordinary post – and your last paragraph says it all, it really does, about both the way men and women are personified- in GB as well. Thanks for that. Spot on.

  10. Abraham says:

    Interesting, especially to me who does not live in America 🙂
    Only from what I have read here and on the link you gave, I agree with you.

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