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FBI Seeks Author of Threatening Letters About Cheerleaders, Female Athletes on TV


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The FBI offered a $5,000 reward Tuesday for help finding whoever mailed dozens of threatening letters — including some containing a potentially harmful insecticide — complaining about TV coverage of college cheerleaders and professional female athletes.

The writer or writers complained that ESPN and ABC crews have exploited cheerleaders, WNBA players and WTA Tour players through certain camera angles, even though those angles were rarely shown on the air.

The FBI released excerpts of two letters in the hope of identifying who sent them.

"For the past 6-7 years, ESPN and its nationwide networks have exploited cheer/dance teams all across the country. They do this by parking their TV cameras on these women for their own personal entertainment," an excerpt from one letter said.

"Pigs park their cameras on us close up, front view, dozens of times each game, yet rarely ever show on TV in this manner," another excerpt read.

Investigators believe the author "may be directly or indirectly involved in some element of cheerleading and/or the television production/coverage aspect of collegiate athletics," according to an FBI statement.

The letters were sent to national networks and their local affiliates, as well as people in states throughout the West and Midwest, according to the FBI office in Portland. Recipients also included people associated with university athletic departments in Ohio, Michigan and Arizona.

The initial batch of letters was postmarked in Portland and delivered in September 2004. Subsequent batches of letters were delivered between November 2006 and February, mostly with postmarks from Seattle, but some also were sent from Chicago, the FBI said.

The letters claim camera crews spent too much time on close-ups of cheerleaders. One letter also complained about coverage of WNBA players.

The FBI declined to identify the kind of insecticide contained in some of the letters but said there were no reports of injuries.

"We have asked nicely for them to respect us and all women, yet they refuse. They exploit innocent people, so we will too. When they start respecting us, we stop mailing these out," the letter reads.

The author of a letter sent in December 2006 complains that networks unfairly favor more modestly dressed cheerleading squads.

"For the last 6 years, Ohio State cheerleaders have received more TV time than any other Division 1A cheer squad on ESPN, because they wear long sleeved red/white outfits. If they wore sleeveless outfits, they would not get ANY TV time. So, we are fed up with this constant exploitation," the author wrote.

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The article started getting pretty hot when I thought I read the words "cheerleaders " and "incesicide" (darn dyslexia) then once I realized it was "insecticide" it was only just hot to read. Those cheerleaders and there long sleeves are sooooooo hot.....

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so the source is a feminazi?

If it is a cheerleader, and they hate the degradation, then don't be an effin cheerleader, they can find others in a big college campus.

I'm inclined to agree that it's a feminazi of some sort, it sounds like the stuff the feminists in my first college would say...almost vertbatim.

That said, I also wouldn't be surprised if it's some black trenchoat wearing socially inept kid. Nothings shocking these days.

The typical response here is that "sex sells" as well as "no ones holding a gun to cheerleaders heads to make them do what they do".

The worlds just gotten to be a sad place.

EDIT: And WTF is this thing about OSU cheerleaders receiving more air time cause they wear long sleeves? Is this like puritain times where it'd be taboo if women wore a dress that came above the ankles?

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The letters don't even make any sense:

1) Camera crews exploit cheerleaders by using particular close-up camera angles that typically aren't even aired. But the camera crews themselves are pigs.

-> I'm not advocating this, but wouldn't a rational person hell-bent on harm decide to react to this by going after the CREWS with insecticide? If anything, the claim exonerates the networks for not showing the footage.

2) Camera crews favor the more modestly dressed cheerleaders.

-> Has this happened even once in the US since the mid-1960s? I'm going to go with... no.

I would guess that this is a maladjusted Div I cheerleader who hates Ohio State for some reason. I'd start my search by looking for loons in Ann Arbor...

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