‘Big Booby,’ ‘Big Booty’ cheerleader awards just a joke, Wis. coach insists

There’ll be no more “Big Boobie,” “Big Booty,” or “String Bean” awards at the annual banquet for the Kenosha, Wis., cheerleaders, the New York Times says.

The awards for biggest breast, biggest rear end, and thinnest body were handed out at last spring’s award before the American Civil Liberties Union sent a formal letter to Tremper High School today warning that it might sue for sexual harassment.

Tremper coaches insist it’s “good-natured teasing,” but it appalled a number of parents and teammates.

And despite the ACLU’s warnings, the coaches have continued to make inappropriate comments to the girls.

“It’s so important that we intervene at a young age and girls are taught their worth and are treated equally,” said Emma Roth, of the ACLU. “When that doesn’t happen, they carry this message for the rest of their life.”

A district spokesperson tells the Times that “a clear expectation has been set that awards of this nature are not acceptable and are not to be given at Tremper cheerleading banquets going forward.”

Beyond that, however, the district won’t comment on any discipline because of privacy concerns.

“I looked around and thought, ‘Did that just happen?’ If my daughter would have won one of those awards, I would’ve absolutely been rushing the stage. It was just so wrong, in so many ways,” one mother told the Times. But she, and others, didn’t want their names used for fear the coaches would take it out on their kids.

“We understand that we are in a politically correct world these days, but we do like to have fun and keep thing on the lighter side,” the coach, a woman, wrote to the principal in emails obtained by the newspaper, sparked by a complaint against the awards by the school’s male track coach.

This year’s banquet will be held next month.

Only coaches and cheerleaders — no parents — are being allowed to attend.

  • EarthToBobby

    When all else fails, deflect and blame it on political correctness.

  • Brian Simon

    “Lighten up, it’s a joke! I’m not a misogynistic pig!”…

    • jon

      I love that some how despite PC culture going to far we can still identify the pigs… it’s almost like it hasn’t gone to far enough.

    • Postal Customer

      “Some of my best friends are women!”

      • Mike Worcester

        I was going to say that then I saw in the article “the coach” was a woman and I thought, wait, would that work here? :))

  • Al

    Former cheerleader here.

    THAT. SH*T. IS. NEVER. FUNNY.

    EVER.

    Thank you.

    Go team.

  • Ralphy

    Political Correctness?
    How about just not being a dumba$$ pig?
    Does this coach have any awareness of others?
    If it was my kid, I’d host a dinner party for the whole team and their families on banquet night, sans coaching staff.

    • “Political Correctness” is just a term that was developed because if the actual word(s) was used, the user would be revealed for what even he would have to acknowledge he is.

  • Mike Worcester

    //But she, and others, didn’t want their names used for fear the coaches would take it out on their kids.

    And that’s just a sad commentary we see far too often. Retribution against kids by adults. Lovely…

    • d3photography.com

      We have a situation where a school broke the license of use on our photographs… and we refuse to stop covering the student-athletes. They shouldn’t be penalized because a school won’t own up to the actions of their employees.

      And we’re not changing how we cover things even though the school banned us from campus for enforcing the terms of our photo use license (the gaul of us!).

      But we’re not missing out. The school is, basically, just penalizing their students for the actions of a few misguided adults.

      It happens at all levels… peewee, high school, college and even the pros. And the good guys are the ones that are left picking up the pieces.

  • tarry_on

    This year’s banquet will be held next month.

    Only coaches and cheerleaders — no parents — are being allowed to attend.

    Would most parents be okay with this? I don’t have children, so I don’t know if this would be appropriate. But given the circumstances, I’d like to believe that I’d either insist that parent chaperones be present or be willing to keep my own kid from attending.

    • Jack

      If I am paying for it (in some way – activity fees, property taxes) as a parent, I would be going.

      If that is the way that the coach is thinking, she needs to go.

    • John

      We only have a kid in one sport, and this is definitely not the way it is.

      the banquet is their season’s end celebration. Entire families are invited. Awards are given out (not the ones above). The seniors do a whole thing where they give a little gift to every single kid on the team. The coaches give coach speeches.

      If I was aware of anything similar on our team (I don’t think it would happen, but then again, I didn’t think it would happen anywhere), my kid would be noped right out of the banquet.

      • tarry_on

        This sums up how I feel. I was on one sports team in high school (Wisconsin, no less), and banquets were not only about rewarding the student athletes but also giving families the opportunity to celebrate and honor their kids’ achievements.

        This just seems so far out there- .

    • KariBemidji

      ‘No parents allowed’ at the end of the year banquet raises HUGE alarms. It should be about celebrating another great year not highlighting a girl’s insecurities.

      And… what the hell Wisconsin is up with your adults and kids? I”m sure your ‘tourism’ and ‘relocate to Wisconsin’ people are loving all of this national exposure.

      • Mike Worcester

        I am quite stunned school officials are allowing the event to proceed like that especially considering the critical eye being cast on it and them right now.

    • asiljoy

      Zero chance, especially after this.

  • Barton

    The female coach is a bully and needs to go.

    I remember my college roommate (a cheerleader at our school) starving herself & exercising to excess to the point of nearly being hospitalized because the coach called out her breasts as being too big and “just teasing” her constantly in front of others and the football team (she was well endowed, to the point of having back pain). No starving in the world was going to get rid of her breasts. But that coach absolutely destroyed her love of my roommates own body and her confidence. As a note, she was the top cheerleader: her breast size impacted nothing of her performance or abilities, and she was scary thin even before she nearly killed herself.

    • Al

      The one and only person who ever bullied me in high school was my cheer coach. Not my peers, not the actual school bullies, but some insecure woman in her early 20s who tried to relive her high school years by taking out her fears on me. I have absolutely no kind words for her.

  • Frank

    Nothing against the ALCU, but why did is get to the point that they had to get involved?

    How many years did this go on, and why did parents not do something about it? All it should have taken was a parent of a kid no longer on the squad to bring it up at the school board meeting. Well, that’s all it should have taken.

    • Some of the answers are in the Times article

  • lindblomeagles

    I have a daughter. She’s 10. My kid couldn’t keep attending this school. I wouldn’t want her to quit cheerleading because a woman coach kept looking at my daughter’s breast, butt, and waist. I’d calmly pull her out, enroll her somewhere else, and tell her to keep going out for cheerleading.