In 2006, a small app called Twitter was launched. A show about a pop star who leads a double life Hannah Montana premiered on disney channel, with a not yet fifteen-year-old Miley Cyrus. And CMT debuted the show Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Forming the Team to give a glimpse of how America’s sweetheart were selected.
What began in the 1960s as a kind of ragtag, mixed-race high school cheer squad eventually morphed into what we know today as the smiling, starry-West- and tiny-White-short shorts– wears Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders. These women served as community ambassadors for the NFL team, were respected around the world for their dancing skills (and kicklines), and eventually became enshrined in NFL cheerleading history as an untouchable combination of sexy and cute. By the time cult-favorite show CMT premiered, America’s Sweethearts had become a cultural institution in its own right. You brought up the childit’s Halloween costumes (which I owned), calendars and posters hanging in many Boys room and even a porn movie titled Debbie makes DallaS
Sixteen years later, the show CMT was once touted as hers The longest-running and “most popular” series came to an unexpected end. Texas Monthly broke the news last week after crew members quietly received text updates. Hours after the story ran, a media representative for the Cowboys issued a press release saying they were looking for a new home for the show. The publication included a statement from Cheerleading Director Kelli Finglass: “The women who participated and shared their personal journeys should be applauded, those who earn the right to wear the legendary uniform have an influence and inspiration that deserves to be shared worldwide… I hope to continue their stories with our fans worldwide as we are in the process of negotiating a new partnership and we look forward to continuing to showcase the DCC on a new platform.”
It’s still unclear if the cheerleaders, talent and themes of the show received the same advance warning as crew members. The women are currently in Mexico for the annual Bikini Calendar photo shoot, and the DCC’s social accounts did not share the news of the show’s cancellation. Perhaps more worrying is the speculation surrounding this why the show may have been canceled.
In February, an explosive report from ESPN claims that the Dallas Cowboys paid a whopping $2.4 million in severance pay. The settlement came in response to claims by four members of the Cowboys’ cheerleading team that Richard Dalrymple was the team’s longtime senior vice president of public relations and communications filmed them on his iPhone while they change. The allegation alleged that Dalrymple also took upskirt photos of Charlotte Jones Anderson, a senior vice president of the team and daughter of team owner Jerry Jones, in the Cowboys’ war room during the 2015 NFL Draft. Dalrymple conveniently retired the same month the report was published. Notably, the Cowboys launched an internal investigation and found “no wrongdoing.” while the NFL, in classic NFL fashion, did not investigate the issue further.
Then, in March, a 25-year-old woman sued Jerry Jones. she lawsuit claims that
Jones is her birth father and that the multi-billionaire paid his baby mom hundreds of thousands of dollars in 1996 to keep the child’s existence a secret. Within just a few weeks that The unblemished reputation of the cowboys seemed to go up in flames. Not even a month later, the CMT show, which chronicled the lives and hardships of the team’s cheerleaders, was canceled — almost certainly a decision the NFL had some influence over.
While there is none Proof that these scandals lie amidst Dallas team executives are the direct cause of the DCC show getting the boot, there’s certainly precedence for that type of fallout. In 2014, five former Buffalo Jills cheerleaders filed a lawsuit against their team, the Buffalo Bills, alleging wage theft and defamation of the organization cut the team as a whole. 2018, sports illustrated released a report at the Dallas Mavericks’ misogynist workplace, and the organization disbanded its dance team soon after. And seven months after a Washington Post examination exposed the culture of sexual harassment and verbal abuse of female employees on the Washington Football Team (ignoring offensive videos made by former cheerleaders without their consent), the team ended itis purely female cheerleading program (and its nearly sixty-year legacy) forever. As they say when your team leaders are accused of sexual harassment and in general crappy human behavior, the most logical response is to take away opportunities from the cheerleaders.
Although the line of causality cannot be definitively drawn into the sand, even the optics of such a move suggest a larger cultural shift that is not favourable professional cheerleaders. In a post #MeToo world where the bad men are finally being held accountable for abusing women under their employment and care, NFL teams often look for high-visibility PR tactics that send a message to their fans “No, no, no from course we love and respect women! See?” meIt’s no wonder the NFL has no clue what the hell to do with the confident, strong, skin-carrying women it planted on its own sidelines decades ago.
The widespread misconception about what and who NFL cheerleaders really are is precisely the reason for the cancellation Form the team is a much more severe penalty than simply losing a small reality TV show. In an area where so many of the privacy measures imposed on women (eg. first names only, no sharing photos on personal social media addresses, etc.) also instilling a sense of anonymity on the field, the cancellation of this show helps erase the cheerleaders’ nuanced existence en masse. Without them, we lose the people behind the poms.
Form the team was one of the few forums where the intensity and pressure of women cheerleathats were exposed crystal clear. The women had quirky personalities, inspirational backstories (some of them finally made the team after years and years of appearing on the show), and charming bad habits that all dancers have. They really were just like US. Ironically, the show inspired me in ways it probably never intended. (Of course, like many other viewers, I fell in love with the panache and Southern charm of KaShara Garrett, who still works with the team.) But the series also introduced me Hannah, one of my current favorite dancers, who dared to speak about unsatisfactory covid Logs during filming of the show in 2020 (an unsuccessful Dallas Cowboys cheerleading bubble if you will) and Meagan Pravden, now an inspirational body positivity influencer. What happened to Mea?Gan during her time on the show (Cringeyearly aughts as it may have been) is one of the reasons why she has become authentically herself today.
No other television show has portrayed the ugliest and most beautiful moments of NFL cheerleading so accurately. When we lose forums like this, we lose the humanity of these women, effectively turning them back into the sex object stereotypes they fought so hard against. Knowledge Form the team gone now, possibly forever says a lot about where the culture is changing: away from these women who have done nothing but dream of doing what they are doing today.
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