Protesters …regarding domestic abuse scandal(s) [that are covered up by the American National Football League] have seized upon a digitally altered Cover Girl ad picturing a female football fan with a black eye to bring a striking visual to their mission. Cover Girl, the official beauty sponsor of the NFL, has a “Get Your Game Face On” ad campaign featuring heavily made-up models wearing the jersey and colors of each of the 32 teams in the National Football League.
In my opinion, this new ad is brilliant. When I attended Memphis State University in the late 80’s, MSU had the #1 sports team in… something. Honestly, I can’t even remember if it was football or basketball; but what I can remember is the scandals that took place on campus.
First there was the scandal that athletes (jocks) got special versions of the required coursework so they could get easy A’s and raise the overall GPA of athletes. For example, all freshmen had to take English Composition, but the athletes would be enrolled together in an exclusive class of only athletes. That way, the university could quietly make sure they all received passing grades.
Next there was the automobile scandal. The newspapers exposed the fact that the university was breaking NCAA regulations by bribing candidates with fast cars and expensive “gifts”.
Then there was the special on-campus dormitory that was strictly for male athletes. Every woman on campus knew not to go anywhere near that dorm because of the frequent reports of rapes. Many stories of rapes made it into the newspapers in those years, along with allegations that the victims were offered cash to “go away”. In short, the university was willing to break NCAA rules in order to recruit successful candidates to the athletic teams. The school was convicted of illegal, preferential treatment; bribes, and covering up rapes. Go, Tigers.
That was 26 years ago. It seems nothing has changed. High money athletes can beat their women and the establishment still continues to look the other way. Not cool.
“NFL Domestic Violence Protest.” is copyright © 2014 by Poorkitteh. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
21Sept2014. Editor’s note: I found a link about the 1985 MSU team. It was basketball. http://www.commercialappeal.com/sports/tigers/team-tragedy
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