Should the NFL encourage more male cheerleaders? | The Tylt
Quinton Peron and Napoleon Jinnies represent the first male cheerleaders to ever ply their trade on the Super Bowl stage and will be pumping up Los Angeles Rams fans at the big game. While they might be the first to do it at the Super Bowl, the New Orleans Saints had a man leading cheers all year, and the Baltimore Ravens and Indianapolis Colts have stuntmen on the field. Some want to see more men cheer on the sideline. Others don't think men should be taking jobs away from women. What do you think? 🏈📣
Should the NFL encourage more male cheerleaders?
The NFL has had a bad run of press lately, getting bashed for not protecting female cheerleaders from exploitation. When the league announced male cheerleaders would be part of the league in 2018, it was a genuine first step in addressing the league's image and promoting actual diversity.
While fans now associate cheerleading with women, men were actually the first to pioneer the practice in the late 1800s. Even now, men are important pillars of support for their female counterparts, lifting and creating bases to elevate their teammates. Getting more men to be cheerleaders brings a fresh element and more versatility to the sport. It also is proof the league is making the right moves towards diversity. Encouraging more male participation will only result in good things for the NFL.
No one asked for male cheerleaders on NFL sidelines. It's great that four teams have male cheerleaders, but there's no need to encourage more men to participate. In fact, it could be bad for the NFL because it may take away jobs that would have gone to women. That's less diversity, not more.
Adding more men to the mix is bringing in another element that will divide fans and make the league look bad. Don't fix something that isn't broken.