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The Rams Lost The Super Bowl, But Their History-Making Male Cheerleaders Won Over The Internet

They're sexy, they're cute, they're groundbreaking to boot.

Cheerleading isn’t just a sideline spectacle – it’s a sport. You’ve seen Bring It On, you know how hard they work (and you might even know how little they get paid).

Of course, Bring It On also educated us on another important point: there are cheerleaders who are dudes.

And this year’s Super Bowl saw history being made, with male cheerleaders performing at the event for the first time ever. Quinton Peron and Napoleon Jinnies have been on the Los Angeles Rams squad all season, and just became the first men to be part of a Super Bowl dance team.

“If you have the talent and skill set, you shouldn’t be discriminated on the basis of sex,” a Rams spokesperson said simply.

The Rams aren’t the only franchise to have a more inclusive cheer squad this season – the New Orleans Saints debuted Jesse Hernandez as part of their dance team.

And the Baltimore Ravens have male members of their “stunt team” – burly dudes who who don’t participate in the full choreography, but help throw the dance team members in the air, and other such feats of strength.

Jinnies, Peron and Hernandez are full-fledged members of their cheer teams, though, and the two Rams looked absolutely stoked to be there on Sunday night.

In a game where there was more fun to be had in roasting the half-time performance than actually watching the play, their energy and the inclusivity on show was a clear highlight.

Of course, if you care to, you can go and find any number of well-adjusted adults being whiny little babies about this on the internet.

Here’s the thing, though: if you object to men being cheerleaders, it’s pretty obvious exactly what you think cheerleaders add to the atmosphere.

Of course, given that the ladies in the Rams’ squad were wearing a bit less than Jinnies and Peron, a few people did point out that true equality would see everyone on the squad wearing similar uniforms.

And look, that would probably be a bit much for the geniuses commenting “gaaAyyyayyyy” under every online mention of the milestone.

Which, to be honest, makes me hope it’s wall-to-wall dudes in booty shorts at Super Bowl LIV next year.

Naomi Osaka Claimed Her Second Grand Slam Title, Only To Be Interviewed By A Male Journo About Shopping And Smiling

"Beyond embarrassing - rude, patronising, boring, awkward."

Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka became the women’s Australian Open champ in a decisive match against Petra Kvitova on Saturday night – and then got to celebrate with a “dumpster fire” interview by sports broadcaster Tony Jones.

First off, Jones admired Osaka’s ability to carry her trophy from the court to the studio: “all that way!”

Then, as the 21-year-old champ grinned politely while she cast about for a polite response, Jones said, “There’s that smile!”

Anyone know how often Novak Djokovic gets told to smile more?

Next, Jones asked Osaka how she planned to spend the prize money, a cheque for $4.1 million, and suggested she could “pump some of that back into the economy”.

Because women be shopping, amirite?

He even began a question by asking “You regard yourself as Japanese…”

Mate, she is Japanese. Her half-Haitian parentage and American accent have been oddly confusing for a lot of people, but she represents Japan, and it’s literally his job to know what country people are from.

Come on, her last name’s Osaka – it’s like an Aussie player being called Naomi Melbourne.

Many people were wondering why Jones was leading the interview with Osaka when he was sitting right next to Jim Courier.

Jones had also been criticised for the wildly awkward moment where he forgot there are Asian people at the Asia-Pacific region’s Grand Slam tournament:

Osaka’s already had her first Grand Slam win marred by the controversy over opponent Serena Williams’ attitude, and her Australian Open run also saw a whitewashing controversy in her native Japan, where an anime-style noodle ad depicted her as a pale-skinned woman. 

Jones’ comments are reminiscent of the incident at the 2018 Ballon D’Or ceremony, where the first ever women’s prize winner was asked (jokingly) to twerk onstage. 

It’s just not that hard, lads: if you’re interviewing a woman who is good at the sports, just ask her the same questions you’d ask a dude who is good at the sports.

She’s a professional – you should be too.

Anyway, in unrelated news, here’s a video of that time Jones tried to smooch a colleague and got shut down entirely.  

The Sign Game At The Women's Marches Is As Strong As Ever, Thanks To Gillette, Ariana Grande, And Feminist Doggos

"I wanna walk through the park in the dark."

The Women’s March was held around the world this weekend for the third year in a row.

The event was first inspired by the fury and frustration felt by women and their allies in America and beyond when Donald Trump was elected president in 2016 despite the leaked tapes of him boasting about groping women – plus, you know, all the other things women have to be mad about pretty much constantly.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA

Three years in, Trump is still in office, women are still being murdered, razor companies can’t make ads suggesting men stop being gross without pissing off half the internet, and everyone’s still real mad in general.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA

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In the US, moods were buoyed a little by the recent midterm elections that saw a record number of women entering Congress, and the young figurehead of the “pink wave”, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, spoke passionately to the DC crowd about what justice really looks like.

FOLEY SQUARE, NEW YORK

WASHINGTON, DC

FOLEY SQUARE, NEW YORK

In the UK, many protesters focused on the ongoing austerity measures and Brexit, as well as other timeless concerns.

LONDON

LONDON

In Australia, though the vibe was more sombre, as violence against women took centre stage in the face of the brutal murder of international student Aiia Marsaawe in Melbourne last week.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA

One sign in Sydney quoted Courtney Barnett’s ‘Nameless, Faceless’: “I wanna walk through the park in the dark”.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA

In every city, along with the now-standard signs inspired by Hermione Granger, Princess (ahem, General) Leia, and various ovary and vagina-related themes, marchers of all ages, genders and backgrounds busted out the big textas to express their rage, celebrate their triumphs, and represent their communities.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA

And so did their dogs.

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA

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