CBS-Houston blogger Claire Crawford is being ridiculed across the web today for posting an article asking if NBA cheerleader Kelsey Williams is “too chunky” for cheerleading.
“The Rockets looked terrible in Game 1, but some say they weren’t the only bad-looking people on the court,” Crawford said.
“This pretty blonde has been criticized by some folks in OKC for having “pudginess” around her waistline. We’re not trying to be ugly. We are just discussing what men like in women, specifically NBA cheerleaders.”
The article went on to ask readers “What do you think? Is this chick “too chunky” to be a cheerleader?”A poll was included at the bottom of the article. Readers could select one of the following answers: “She has the perfect look to be an NBA cheerleader,” or “She could use some tightening up in her midsection,” and “She has no business wearing that outfit in front of people.”
The article sparked immediate outrage from readers.
“It’s articles like this that lead young women and girls to anorexia and bulimia,” one reader said. Another reader called for both Crawford and her overseeing editor to be fired.
CBS-Houston has since removed the post along with all others on their site written by Crawford. According to the Daily Mail, Crawford has since deleted her Twitter, Linkedin, and Myspace accounts.
It’s not difficult to understand the anger over the article. Williams is a perfectly healthy and active looking woman. The fact that a woman wrote this article just shows how deeply ingrained the problem of objectifying women is in our society. Also, it’s an absolutely cruel double standard that many stigmatize bulimic and anorexic women while calling healthy women overweight.
Williams has received an outpouring of support from readers, and she thanked these people on her Twitter account earlier today.
"We wouldn't know what blessings were if we didn't go through trials,” she said. “Thank you to EVERYONE for the compassion and love today. I'm in awe.”