Wednesday, November 26, 2008
The New Orleans Saintsations cheerleading squad is visiting England. The press coverage is, well, very British:
There are a lot of preconceptions surrounding cheerleading - that bizarre US-born mix of dance and gymnastics which now boasts 11,000 disciples across the UK and is being steadily assimilated into cultures across the world - some true, many not. It's quintessentially American, and, like all quintessentially American things, provokes a mix of derision and unbridled fascination....
"People, especially here in the UK, are intrigued by us because we're mysterious," says Amanda T, one of the least enigmatic girls I've ever met.
Heh. And then there is this:
Far from being human Barbies, or, as one critic described them, "pole-dancers without the tips", these girls are all high-achievers, something they are known for in the US but which has been lost in typecasting overseas.
You can never really understand your own culture until you look at it from the outside.
University of Minnesota football cheerleaders. Highest combined GPA of any football cheerleading squad in the country!
I try to sit near them every game, and I just gaze at them with a kind of academic awe.
and with . . . uh . . . . I mean . . . oh, nevermind.