There are certain articles my editor will tell you I hate writing. I hate writing obituaries, like the ones I did for Steve McNair or Arturo Gatti this summer. I hate repeating myself, like Brett Favre and Michael Vick make me do countless times (trust me, I try to make those pieces as entertaining as possible). But given a national voice, there are things I feel the need to comment on. There are those people I string out on a line, burn at the cross or chastise to the core. Those of you that have been reading me for the past few years know that I defend those that deserve it.
Erin Andrews is rightfully one of those people.
I make no appraisals about my own fame in writing circles, but I’ve never been one to discount credit when it is deserved. Erin Andrews, the ESPN sideline reporting beauty, is a poised, collected and professional reporter who has always done her best to cast a thick cloud in front of her personal life, and never bowed to indecency. Playboy may vote her the Sexiest Sportscaster for the next 15 years, but she’s never once been so unprofessional or in need of attention to show up topless in a dirt rag.
That’s why the video that has emerged on the internet of Ms. Andrews is so appalling. Perverts, scumbags and stalkers alike have been attacking Google’s search engine relentlessly for “naked Erin Andrews” for years now, and come up with nothing but wasted effort and wasted time. And that’s a good thing. We’re short on good, solid reporters in the world of sports. We’re most certainly short of public figures that take their image seriously.
Yet, even the famous and gorgeous are not without their own brand of opportunists. Someone took the time to rent the neighboring room to Erin Andrews’ in a hotel, drill a hole through the wall and film the young lady as she was in her hotel room. Yes, she was naked, and yes this is disgusting.
I laugh when idiots like Kim Kardashian get sex tapes exposed on the internet because they’re idiots. You shouldn’t let your idiot boyfriend film you having sex if you don’t want it publicized. As for those in the “industry”, if that’s your career choice then good for you. I hear the money’s amazing. But I am defiantly against debasing the professionalism of one of the sports reporting industry’s best to satisfy some perverted urge to see someone naked that doesn’t want themselves exposed. Seriously, get your life together, perverts.
I haven’t seen the video of Erin Andrews, nor do I want to. There’s something completely vile and wretched about taking the time to download something that invades the privacy of a respectable person that gets under my skin. I also don’t want to be part of the many millions that have used up a portion of their bandwidth to take part in this. I’m far from the most respectable beings on the planet, but I have my limits. Invading privacy is one of those boundaries.
It’s one thing to download a video that was supposed to be seen by perverts and guys needing to get off. It’s another to invade the privacy of a professional that has done her very best to avoid the spotlight, protect her privacy and retain her professional integrity throughout her career. To think that a person who has done so much to separate herself from the floozies you see on FoxSports and SpikeTVcan fall victim to such a glaring invasion of personal privacy sends me to a realm beyond angry.
It’s one thing for a Michael Vick to kill puppies, or for Shawn Kemp to father 40 kids out of wedlock and become a coke addict. Some guys make bad decisions and get properly scrutinized for their piss poor decisions. Those in the spotlight become role models inadvertently, and some make mistakes and get their feet by a fire lit by the media.
Erin Andrews has been a refreshing role model for women who actually desire a career in a testosterone driven environment. It’s a shame that the actions of one could victimize someone in the spotlight who, for once, didn’t deserve the negative press. The worst part is, I’m not even surprised that this happened. I’m just ragefully depressed about it.