Say hello to Kelsey Williams. Unless you’ve been living away from anything electronic, I’m pretty sure that you know who she is, but in case you don’t, let me bring you up to date.
Ms. Williams is a cheerleader for the Oklahoma City Thunder, who are currently playing the Rockets in the first round of the NBA playoffs. Anyway, the NBA Oklahoma City Thunder cheerleader was recently criticized for her weight by CBS Houston blogger Claire Crawford, but she’s trying to focus on the positives.
Crawford became the focus of much venom on Wednesday, Apr. 24 after she reportedly asked readers if Williams was “too chunky” to cheer. “[Williams] has been criticized by some folks in [Oklahoma] for having ‘pudginess’ around her waistline,” she allegedly wrote. “Is this chick ‘too chunky’ to be a cheerleader?” She posted a poll, and after the Daily Mail picked up the story, all hell broke loose.
After all the criticism, Crawford began to backpedal, “……..if she’s comfortable wearing that tiny outfit and dancing for NBA fans, then good for her,” Crawford said. “Besides . . . not every man likes women to be toothpick skinny. I’d say most men prefer a little extra meat on her bones.”
Now I’m one of those men who prefers his women to not be toothpick skinny. My view of what is chubby or fat is somewhat skewed as well, since I have no problem with the “cheerleader” in this picture either…..
I realize than many people would consider this woman fat, I just consider her sexy. I also find Kelsey Williams equally attractive. In fact, I find most women attractive, regardless of size, since I was blessed by parents who raised me to find beauty in all. It’s a shame that Ms. Crawford didn’t have parents like mine.
This brings me to my points. First, my attraction to any woman doesn’t mean that I find women who are the opposite of what I’m attracted to offensive. I never understood why guys who were more attractive to thinner women felt a need to put down fat chicks. I also had a hard time hearing from guys who were into fat chick that would drop all the cliche’s like “bones are for dogs” and “BBWs rule”. For many years fat women didn’t get to hear things like that, so I get why some might feel a need to level the playing field, but is it really necessary for either side to put the other down to feel better about themselves?
My next point is more of an observation. It seems to me that the male body policing of women’s bodies has begun to shape a standard that some women are beginning to buy into it, Ms. Crawford included. Perhaps Ms. Crawford has no concept of feminism, because there’s no way her blog gets written if she did. Of course, the male community has already jumped on to this story, mostly in defense of Claire Crawford, and why wouldn’t they? She’s repping for their interests.
Check out this response from a “broski” site called BarStoolSports.com:
So this story is flying around right now. It’s actually already been taken down by CBS but Google cache had it. People are losing their shit calling for the editor and author’s head and saying stories like this inspire anorexia and bulimia in the US. What the fuck? She’s a professional cheerleader. That’s her job. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with questioning if Kelsey here can still cut it. It’s literally exactly like when we wonder if Beckett showed up for camp too fat. No one freaked out then. And they shouldn’t. If your job is to publicly look good or be physical then it shouldn’t be an issue to question if you’ve lost a step. But because it’s a girl everybody has to jump aboard the sexist train. Fuck that. Don’t want to be called pudgy in the news? Either don’t be a professional cheerleader or don’t be pudgy. Choice is yours.
I apologize on behalf of my gender……….
What these clowns didn’t consider is that Kelsey Williams has been a cheerleader for OKC for the past 3 years, and nothing was mentioned about her weight, which hasn’t fluctuated during that time. What they’re doing is projecting body hate on an unflattering photo of an absolutely gorgeous (and fit) woman, much like the frenzy that occurred when the not so flattering pic of Beyonce’ went up recently.