Critics in Australia are upset with an under-16 Australian rules football team after they entered into a sponsorship deal with a local restaurant. It seems the detractors think this deal will give the teenage boys an inappropriate message. The restaurant in question is, obviously, a Hooters.
At the Broadbeach Cats latest game, they even had on the sidelines to half-dressed waitresses. I can GUARANTEE that spurred the boys on to greater heights. And plenty of awkward interactions.
"The message these boys are getting -- and bear in mind we're talking 15 and 16-year-old boys -- is that ... as a young footballer you have an entitlement to large-breasted women in skimpy outfits bouncing around at your games," women's advocate Melinda Tankard Reist said on an Australian morning television show.
The franchise's owner, Morney Schledusch rightfully termed the furor as "ridiculous."
"Our waitresses represent the all-American cheerleader," he told local media. "And no, they don't all have big boobs.
"We are all about sport. We had a great opportunity here to show Australia what we are really about."
It should be noted that, with the waitresses on their side, the Cats TROUNCED their opponents. However, coach Neil Boston said that the "cheerleaders" would not be back on the sidelines for the next game.