The San Jose Sharks are taking a hit on social media over their decision to recruit midriff-baring “ice girls” to sweep away the ice, which some fans say is exploitative of women’s bodies.
Online petitions, tweets, and a Facebook page called “Say NO to Sharks Ice Girls,” have already begun to circulate, calling for the team’s management to reconsider the design of the ice girls uniforms, the San Jose Mercury News reported Monday.
The ice team, which is “devoted to maintaining excellent ice conditions and energizing the crowd,” according to the team’s audition page, will include both men and women. But while the men’s uniform would include a zip-up jacket, the women would wear cropped long-sleeve shirts, exposing their midriffs.
Ummmm, remind me what century we’re in here. Because on what planet is wearing pants and a shirt that barely exposes your navel “exploitative to women?” I thought northern California was a bastion of sweet liberal sexual freedom. Summer of love ring a bell? When did the Puritans take over? Did I miss the memo?
Newsflash – the San Jose Sharks exist to make money. They are actually the kings of marketing traditionally. They were the first team to ever use teal color in their uniforms because in northern California it’s hard to get anyone to give a shit about hockey. So they do shit like this. Check out what some of these hags are saying on the Facebook protest group:
Guess what? If your fandom revolves around ice girls then you’re a pretty shitty fan to begin with. No real fan cancels their season tickets because you might see a belly button.
Kendra Phelps appears to be leading the feministo charge:
Why? Here’s a better question – why not? Who cares that they’re doing this? You could easily just ignore it and go on with your life. But no, that’s not what people like Kendra do. These people LIVE for situations like this to freak out over. Because God forbid we see a woman’s navel from the nosebleed section as she cleans the ice.
What kind of vile human being wants MORE corporate lawyers? What, we don’t have enough bullshit lawsuits in this country? There are actually people out there that wanna give corporate lawyers more work rather than throwing them down a well where they belong? This woman embodies everything that is terrible about America.
Umm, maybe because the Sharks are trying to sell tickets to games and men buy more tickets then women? Nah that can’t be it.
I love it when dudes chime in too:
As soon as I saw “misogynistic” I figured out the jib of this guy’s sail. Anyone who uses that word is an asshole. If it’s a man using it then they’re a even bigger asshole. We get it dude, you’re trying to kiss up to the feministos in order to get a couple Facebook likes. Well done.
The bottom line is that the Sharks biggest problem has nothing to do with these “ice girls.” It has to do with the fact that they choke in the playoffs like clockwork. It has to do with the fact that they just blew a 3-0 series lead to the Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings. Anyone who is paying any attention to who’s cleaning the ice and not who’s playing on the ice isn’t really a fan of the team. If anything I credit ownership for weeding out these frauds so that San Jose can get actual fans to come to the games.
Feel free to share your thoughts to keep the conversation going.