Northwestern University senior Hayden Richardson loves being a cheerleader—the catchy chants, the competitions, and especially the gravity-defying stunts. But in a new lawsuit obtained by ELLE. Below, Richardson talks about the sexual harassment detailed in her lawsuit and how she's working to protect herself—and her teammates. Our job, we are told, is to improve their experience, to be a "pop of color. We perform alongside the school marching band, shaking our pom poms and dancing near donor tables.
The ongoing NFL cheerleading scandal took a turn Wednesday, when a New York Times report detailed a calendar photo shoot in Costa Rica, where Washington Redskins cheerleaders say they were required to pose topless in front of a group of invited sponsors and suite ticket holders. After the hour day, some of the women, who had been handpicked by sponsors, were ordered to escort them to a nightclub. The cheerleaders understood these dates to be mandatory and felt the team was "pimping us out. This report highlights a tension inherent in professional cheerleading: Teams use cheerleaders to sell sex appeal on the sidelines. These women will tell you they're well aware of this and that they signed up for it. What they didn't sign up for is the extracurricular ways their sexuality is used to entice sponsors and high rollers off the field. And without a union, there's no leaguewide policy providing protections for their safety.
I'm a College Cheerleader. But Sometimes I Feel More Like a Sex Object For Rich Alumni.
Two more cheerleaders featured in the Netflix docuseries "Cheer" have been accused of sexual misconduct involving children. Both men appeared in "Cheer," which focused on the Navarro College cheerleading team's journey to the National Cheerleading Championship. Scianna, who boasts more than , followers on Instagram, was arrested on Wednesday in Virginia and taken to the Chesterfield County Jail without bond. Authorities told the newspaper that the year-old arranged to meet with a boy whom he believed to be 14 years old, but was taken into custody before the meeting. Mitchell Ryan, who was a previous member of the Navarro College cheerleading team, was arrested in Dallas, Texas.
Robert Joseph Scianna Jr. Ryan, a member of the Navarro College cheerleading team that was the focus of the Netflix series, was arrested in Texas on Wednesday. He was charged with aggravated sexual assault against a minor over an incident that allegedly took place in July , the Dallas County Sheriff's Department told BuzzFeed News. We look forward to Dallas County hearing the truth and this case being over.