Will ESPN have to issue a new apology? You'll recall that the day after the game ESPN apologized for Musburger having the audacity to call a beauty queen beautiful. Quoth ESPN: “We always try to capture interesting story lines and the relationship between an Auburn grad who is Miss Alabama and the current Alabama quarterback certainly met that test,” ESPN spokesman Josh Krulewitz said. “However, we apologize that the commentary in this instance went too far and Brent understands that.”
Since this apology ABC has put Webb in a bikini to film a new reality television series called, "Diving with the Stars," and Sports Illustrated has photographed Webb in a variety of football related gear and poses while wearing a bikini.
How hypocritical is it for ESPN to apologize for Musburger pointing out that Webb is attractive on cable while ABC, ESPN's Disney partner, puts Webb in a bikini and profits off her looks on network television?
Gangsta in the extreme.
In fact, isn't it time that ESPN aplogizes to Musburger for apologizing for him?
“It’s extraordinarily inappropriate to focus on an individual’s looks. In this instance, the appearance of the quarterback’s girlfriend had no bearing on the outcome of the game. It’s a major personal violation, and it’s so retrograde that it’s embarrassing."
Really, this woman, pictured below in her Bill Cosby sweater and turtleneck, said this.
What was ridiculous about the New York Times piece was the stupidity of the article. The New York times tracked down someone from far outside the mainstream of American culture, had her comment on a non-controversy thereby creating a controversy, and then used her commentary as the basis for a completely absurd article. The Times tried to make an outlier feminist in a Bill Cosby sweater the American mainstream, and ESPN fell for the conceit of the story by issuing a ridiculous apology.
So why don't we play a little Sue Carter mad-libs and break down her quotes with my four favorite pics from Webb's SI pictorial? Carter has to be completely furious that a sports magazine has a swimsuit issue. I'd love to read her quotes on this. Will SI issue an apology for featuring attractive women in bikinis? Doubtful. By the way, I would also love to see Sue appearing in a turtleneck bikini in next year's SI. I think it would be really sexy. Loosen up the turtleneck a little, Sue.
Here we go with Sue Carter mad libs:
"It's extraordinarily inappropriate to focus on an individual's looks."
"In this instance, the appearance of the quarterback's girlfriend had no bearing on the outcome of the game."
"It's a major personal violation, and it's so retrograde, it's embarrassing."