Editor’s update: The Facebook page administrator referenced in this story has taken down the photograph of the cheerleader mentioned below. In fact, the administrator offers this apology:
The picture of the Green Bay Cheerleader has been removed…
For everyone on this page. We do not condone or encourage bullying. We would like to ask that you keep it classy.
We understand you are hard core fans, but there’s no need for bullying. We apologize for any hard feelings and encourage everyone to keep this page as a fun experience.
Go Bears! Chicago Bears Fan
That’s fine, but the story below explains what occurred long before the apology … please read on.
Bullying in any form, be it face-to-face or online is simply wrong, but it seems that those who manage the Chicago Bears Fan Facebook page don’t care – after all, it was just a Green Bay Packers cheerleader they targeted Monday.
Kaitlyn Collins, was a member of the team of cheerleaders who worked the sidelines last season – a group of gals and guys from area colleges who are recruited to cheer for the Packers at their home games.
When you think about it, they are the only group of NFL “cheerleaders” who are really cheerleaders – the other teams recruit and hire dancers and models to represent their team and shake their assets.
The photo on the Bears Fan’s Facebook page included this caption: “Like if You Agree The Packers Have The Worst Cheerleaders In The NFL!”
As of 2:30 p.m.. Thursday, the photo had more than 3,400 likes and nearly 1,600 comments. While many of the comments were unprintable here, not all of them were so complimentary.
And it hasn’t stopped Collins from fighting back. She has contacted the administrator of the page and asked that the page be taken down. She has contacted Facebook about the post, but it apparently doesn’t meet their criteria for bullying. There are many others who have also commented to the administrator of the page that it was the lowest of low postings and should be taken down.
As of 2:30 p.m. Thursday, the post was still on the page and near the top, as well.
Collins posted her own video, but has taken the high road. She doesn’t call the page administrators names, she only provides some of the comments that have been posted and again asks that they take down the post.
One of the comments says, “Doesn’t get uglier. Truly an eyesore.”
Other comments were too sexually explicit to include here.
We here at Lombardiave.com have said some things about the Chicago Bears football team, not about their fans or their cheerleaders. We feel this is just wrong and ask that you also tell them. Healthy banter about the rival football team is one thing, but when one has to stoop this low, that’s just plain wrong.
All we can say to the administrators of this site is to please take it down. It does no good for anyone.
Here is a tribute I put together last year to the cheerleaders of the Green Bay Packers …