NFL teams are hiring male cheerleaders, but some fans are absolutely furious about it
Some NFL fans are angry these days, and not just because their favorite team sucks. Last year, players started kneeling during the national anthem to raise awareness about racial injustice and police brutality. However, critics think this peaceful protest is offensive to the American flag, and by proxy, military veterans. Personally, I think police officers murdering unarmed black civilians and facing zero consequences for their actions is more offensive - but hey, to each their own.
Recently Nike hired Colin Kaepernick, the player who started the protest, to be the face of their new advertising campaign. For some fans, this added insult to injury. Furious, they announced a boycott, and shared videos burning their Nike shoes on social media. Because nothing says "screw you" to a company like purchasing their expensive products, then destroying them.
Well, now there's something new for football fans to be mad about: male cheerleaders.
This season, two NFL teams are adding male dancers to their cheerleading squads. For the first time in league history, these three men will perform the same choreographed dance as the women. But they won't wear the same outfits. While the women wear short dresses, they'll wear similarly colored pants and T-shirts.
Quinton Peron joined the Los Angeles Rams squad. On Twitter, he shared his excitement: "This week has been a whirlwind! But it’s still so surreal to me that I am one of the First Male cheerleaders to dance for a pro team."
Napoleon Jinnies also joined the Rams squad. "Still can’t believe I’m one of the first males in history to be a pro NFL cheerleader!," he wrote on Twitter. "Everyone’s support and love has been insane! thank you and GO RAMS!"
And finally, Jesse Hernandez, and his stylish pompadour, joined the New Orleans Saints' Saintsation dance team. In an interview with The Advocate, his mom, Tracey Hernandez, said she was proud of her son. She's received overwhelming support from NFL fans, players and coaches - so who cares about online trolls?
"Those people just need to get over it," said Tracey. "We’re in 2018. Things shouldn’t be just for men or just for women. If you have the ability to do it, you should be able to do it."
Many people applauded the NFL for taking a few steps toward inclusivity. Others expressed their fury on social media. Twitter user #Education4Libs claimed adding three male dancers will "piss off the fans" even more. But least now he has more free time on Sundays 4 educating libs, a gr8 way 2 spend t1m3.
Twitter user @Steigerworld scores a touchdown for sarcasm.
Twitter user @MelaninMachine asked the question we were all thinking: "What kinda gay ass shit is this?" Stay strong, @MelaninMachine. Stay strong.
Twitter user @BrentVoisin expressed relief the male cheerleaders weren't skirts, then imagined a nightmarish world in which "Hooters Guys" might exist. The horror...the horror...
Twitter user @rushin291 objected to the idea of male cheerleaders, because football "is the manliest sport there is." Because there's nothing more manly than a bunch of dudes running around, chasing balls, and trying to hug each other.
Twitter user @WillLuden expressed his support for the kneeling protest, and revealed a repressed fantasy.
Twitter user @dsg0240 complained about how the gay agenda was being forced down everyone's throats, by three people getting jobs.
Twitter user @GrantJKidney took the Alex Jones route, believing this is all a slippery-slope conspiracy. Soon all the cheerleaders will be men, all the players will be women, all the referees will be blind, human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together, mass hysteria!
If you know Twitter user @DisneyGlennB, do NOT invite him to a Shawn Mendes concert.
Well, haters gonna hate, but the world keeps spinning. Maybe Tracey Hernandez put it best: "I know a lot of people used to feel the Saintsations and the other girls were there to give the guys in the stands something to look at during games. But times have changed. And I just hope that people can be open-minded about it now."