Redskins Cheerleaders Asked To Go Topless For Photo Shoot
By: Fedora Atjeh | 5/03/2018 04:27:00 PM
|Redskins Cheerleaders Asked To Go Topless For Photo Shoot|
Washington Redskins cheerleaders were allegedly required to pose topless for a calendar photo shoot in front of spectators invited by the team.
Some of the cheerleaders were also asked to attend a nightclub event as escorts for some of the franchise’s sponsors, according to a report published by the New York Times.
The events allegedly unfolded during a week-long trip to Costa Rica in 2013 and while there were no reports of sex being involved, the cheerleaders admitted feeling as though the Redskins were “pimping us out.”
The topless photographs did not feature on the calendar but the photographer and the cheerleaders were not alone during the shoot, as the Redskins invited a number of sponsors and FedEx Field suite holders to attend the event.
According to the New York Times, all the spectators invited were men.
The cheerleaders added they were not paid for the trip and had their passports collected upon arrival at the adults-only Occidental Grand Papagayo resort on Culebra Bay.
"It's just not right to send cheerleaders out with strange men when some of the girls clearly don't want to go," one of the women was quoted as saying.
"But unfortunately, I feel like it won't change until something terrible happens, like a girl is assaulted in some way, or raped. I think teams will start paying attention to this only when it's too late."
The male sponsors also picked nine of the 36 cheerleaders to be their personal escorts at a nightclub. The girls were unaware they would be required to perform such a role and were reportedly very upset by the development.
“They weren’t putting a gun to our heads, but it was mandatory for us to go,” one of the cheerleaders was quoted as saying. “We weren’t asked, we were told. Other girls were devastated because we knew exactly what she was doing.”
In a statement in response to the report, the Redskins said the cheerleaders are protected to work in a “safe and constructive” environment.
"The Redskins' cheerleader program is one of the NFL's premier teams in participation, professionalism and community service," the statement read. "Each Redskin cheerleader is contractually protected to ensure a safe and constructive environment. The work our cheerleaders do in our community, visiting our troops abroad and supporting our team on the field is something the Redskins organization and our fans take great pride in."
According to the team’s official website, the Redskins’ cheerleaders make over 300 appearances a year at events ranging from corporate sales meetings to golf tournaments, youth camps and a variety of events for major companies.
The alleged events that unfolded on the trip will pile further pressure on the NFL to review the way it treats cheerleaders. In March, former New Orleans Saints cheerleader Bailey Davis filed a gender discrimination complaint against the team’s Saintsations squad after claiming female dancers were held to a higher standard than the male footballers.
Bailey claimed she was fired after posting a photo of herself in a one-piece outfit in January to her Instagram account and insisted the Saints have one set of rules for the female dancers and one for male players.
The former must block players from following them on social media and they cannot post images of themselves in team outfits, but Davis claimed these rules do not extend to the players.
Source : newsweek