Halftime Is Not Mardi Gras

1 comment November 20th, 2007at 07:07am Posted by Eli

I prefer the Giants over the Jets, but this is still mortifying:

At halftime of the Jets’ home game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, several hundred men lined one of Giants Stadium’s two pedestrian ramps at Gate D. Three deep in some areas, they whistled and jumped up and down. Then they began an obscenity-laced chant, demanding that the few women in the gathering expose their breasts.

When one woman appeared to be on the verge of obliging, the hooting and hollering intensified. But then she walked away, and plastic beer bottles and spit went flying. Boos swept through the crowd of unsatisfied men.

(…)

The mood of previous Gate D crowds – captured on video clips posted on YouTube – sometimes bordered on hostile, not unlike the spirit of infamously aggressive European soccer hooligans. One clip online shows a woman being groped by a man standing next to her.

(…)

Throughout halftime, about 10 security guards in yellow jackets stood near the bottom of the circular, multilevel ramp, located beyond the stadium’s concourse of concession stands and restrooms. One of the guards was smoking a cigarette; many fans do the same during halftime on the giant ramps, which are located at each corner of the stadium. Another guard later said they were not permitted to do anything about the chants at Gate D because of free speech laws. Yet when a reporter tried to interview two security guards after halftime, he was detained in a holding room, threatened with arrest and asked to hand over his tape recorder.

Wonderful. I’m so proud.

Entry Filed under: Sexism,Sports,Wankers

1 Comment

  • 1. V.  |  November 20th, 2007 at 12:52 pm

    This is just disgusting. No wonder I’m such a misanthrope, people are arseholes.


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