Guest blogger Leslie Adler takes a hard look at the Moms of the "cheerleaders gone wild."
Cheerleaders Gone Wild sounds like the title of a tired porn flick. But it's not. It's a reference to the Florida cheerleaders who beat the crap out of another cheerleader and taped the incident. (If you are one of the two Americans who have not seen it, it is easily found online).
I had seen the video five times, and I could not wrap my mind around it. I had so many questions:
1. What kind of teenage girls behave this way?
2. What makes those girls think their behavior is in any way or for any reason, excusable?
3. What made them tape their crime (and I meant "crime," not "alleged crime")?
.....and then I saw the mom of one of the perpetrators on the Today show. This was enlightening. This gave me answers.
She (this mom who deserves no name) said she didn't see what the big deal was. She said the girl who got the beating "had it coming to her" because she posted some "not so nice things" about the others on MySpace. She said they warned her not to come to that house and it was her fault for not having heeded that warning. SHE said so many more stupid things that I thought I would have an aneurysm watching her. And then it came to me. SHE was a role model for at least one of those shallow, angry, stupid, blonde, pom-pom tossing, about-to-be felons...and SHE made me understand.
SHE explained to me in her 30 seconds of fame why her girl behaved that way.
Now I am less confused, and somehow that reduces my rage ever-so-slightly. You know what else helps with the rage? Knowing these cart-wheeling evil girls are so stupid that they created the evidence that will seal their fate and handed it over to the prosecution on a silver platter. This lightens my mood just a tad.
You know what would really bring me peace? If SHE could be sentenced to twice the jail time her little baby gets. That would be justice.
By the way, Dr. Phil and his staff thought it would be a good idea to bail one of the cheerleaders out of prison and have her on the show. This Mom does not agree.