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Save the cheerleader, save the world June 18, 2007

Posted by alasbarricadas in Uncategorized.

Yeah… that title has been taken from “Heroes”… but in fact it’s about cheerleaders that I want to talk about. In Catalonia, and in Spain, they’re not as much as popular as in the United States. However, Futbol Club Barcelona basket team has the best ACB group of cheerleaders (see photo below) .

Last week I was trying to find something interesting to watch at TV, and a program caught my attention. I cannot remember which channel was, but it was a kind of magazine to which you could go and perform an ability. I thought… well… just another freak who can dance like Michael Jackson, a Drag Queen singing Madonna’s latest hit, a man who can move his ears while tiptoeing… But I was wrong… guess who were the guests…

FCB Basket cheerleaders are “the best” of the whole ACB competition. I didn’t know that (I suppose there’s a kind of cheerleaders’ jury) but what impressed me most wasn’t the way they danced (although it leaves you breathless), it was the fact that all of them had a degree.

If you think about a cheerleader stereotype, you might think about a blond girl in her twenties who dances in an irresistible way but cannot join two sentences together. Well, of course having a degree doesn’t mean anything, but I was very surprised. One of them worked as Psychologist, another one in a bank…


1. Mir - June 18, 2007

Let me explain: I didn’t mean to be racist!!! I just wanted to make clear how important is to fight agains prejudices and stereotypes. Of course having a degree doesn’t mean anything itself, but when we think about “cheerleaders” we so often do think about a specific kind of girls… I just wanted to break THAT stereotype showing another reality.

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