There have been quite a few stereotypes of cheerleaders. People tend to associate them with the image of overly energetic sometimes snobby groups of women who apparently are popular because of their athleticism and s*xy figures.
Cheerleaders are part of the entertainment of sporting events such as basketball and football in the United States.
Whether or not they deliver an effective form of motivation to the players is still questionable, but one thing for certain is that a lot of spectators admire cheerleaders.
Not every cheerleader is created equal; some are professionals who take their work seriously, while others only use the status as a backdrop to gain more popularity at school and online.
You cannot blame them for trying to appear like real athletes and be popular like celebrities; after all, they are essentially performers whose jobs partly require them to draw public attention.
The world has seen a number of interesting stories about or related to cheerleaders, here are just few of the most memorable ones.
10 Ryan Cummings
Chances are you are among the millions of people who at some point in the past had a laugh at a meme known as the “Smug Cheerleader.”
In case you haven’t heard the backstory, a quick recap is as follows: her name is Ryan Cummings, an eight-grader from North Carolina and member of Cheer Extreme’s Senior Elite.
During a cheerleader competition at the Spirit of Hope event, she made an interesting facial expression that quickly turned into online sensation.
It was meant as an expression of confidence, but since the Internet is pretty liberal about anything, the video started the whole Smug Cheerleader phenomenon.
9 Coastal Carolina Cheerleader Team
In May 2017, a criminal investigation report surfaced containing an allegation that some members of Costal Carolina University cheerleader team were also engaged in escort services and worked as strippers.
According to the report, cheerleaders involved in those professions were paid between $100 and $1,000 for a date. In addition to money, they also received goods for examples shoes, clothes, and purses.
At least one cheerleader was offered up to $800 to escort a male client to New York Prime. Following the allegation, the entire team was suspended, but they were still allowed to attend class.
8 Shlondra Young
Before the Kennesaw State vs. Greenville football game started, Miss Young was one of several cheerleaders to take a knee during the national anthem.
As you’ve probably guessed, she did it as an action in protest over police brutality against minority communities.
Thanks to her action, the university made headlines all over the country, but unfortunately it also made some people pretty angry.
The squad was then banned from the field while the national anthem is played. One of the cheerleaders, Miss Dean, launched a legal action against Kennesaw State and members of the university.
7 Mackenzie Muir
Cheerleading has become so competitive that a lot of people just don’t see the fun in it anymore.
For many students and athletes, cheering is more than just the sport, but also a social activities to build relationship with the community at large.
Several years back, the parents of Mackenzie Muir, a student at Whitney High School, were outraged because her daughter – who has Down syndrome – was cut from the school’s cheerleading program.
The parents understood that not everybody could be members of the team, but they thought her daughter simply wasn’t given the opportunity for a fair competition.