This past weekend, the Chicago White Sox did something weird to break out of their recent slump. They got out the blow-up dolls. From the Chicago Sun-Times:
If anyone was offended by the White Sox having a pair of inflatable dolls surrounded by bats and a sign encouraging players to “push” in their clubhouse before Sunday’s game in Toronto, don’t expect an apology from manager Ozzie Guillen…
On Sunday, the bats were circled around the two naked female dolls, one of whom had a bat inserted in its backside to prop it up. Each wore a sign over her breasts, one saying “Let’s Go White Sox” and the other reading “You’ve Got to Push,” the National Post in Toronto reported.
As I said, that’s weird. But know what’s even weirder? Look who got upset:
One group not amused by the prank was the Association for Women in Sports Media, whose members work toward ensuring a non-threatening work environment for all women in sports media. “The presence of those dolls creates an uncomfortable situation for any female journalist who enters the White Sox locker room simply trying to do her job,” said Jenni Carlson, the group’s president, in an e-mail.
Yes, the White Sox “slump buster” was pretty bizarre and tacky. And yes, I can see how a respectable female journalist would feel uncomfortable around blow-up dolls with bats “inserted in their backsides.” But wouldn’t any person who is not a Christie’s Toy Box employees or arrogant athlete feel uncomfortable trying to work while surrounded by a bunch of blow-up dolls? Seriously, what were all the male journalists doing? Laughing, pointing and having a circle jerk?
Anyway, here are a few more thoughts:
(Thanks to our reader “OUredman” for pointing us to WithLeather for the “tip.”)
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