TIPL is not all about cricket as glitz and glamour often overshadows the games. An addition to this has been the cheerleaders, who are most often ‘foreign’ women. Recently an IPL cheerleader from the US took to the social media site Reddit and did an AMA (Ask Me Anything) and highlighted the kind of harassment that many of these women face. Check out her AMA page on Reddit here.
The woman went by the name moniker ‘IPL cheerleader’, and her Reddit AMA has gone viral, and she got over 500 questions.
First up, as the AMA reveals, ogling and harassment are a daily routine that these cheerleaders have to face. When asked about “often do you get ogled on stadium while dancing (sic)” she said, “All the time. I hate it.”
On being asked about the overwhelming presence of ‘white women’ as cheerleaders in India, she too said that she was confused as to why there were not enough Indian women.
“…I’d honestly prefer to see at least a mix of Indian women. Sadly there’s nothing I can do about that. If I refuse I’d be breaking my contract and they’d replace me with another white girl anyway,” she replied.
Also the cheerleader confirmed that the cricketers are not allowed to talk to each other.
When asked what she hated the most about the job, she replied, “I hate the racism. Why is my team made up of 99 per cent white girls? Why do Indians feel it’s ok to dress white girls up in skimpy outfits but they wont let their fellow Indian women do it? It’s messed up.”
On how she copes up with abusive language which cheerleaders have to deal with, she replied, “For the most part I can’t hear them. The music is loud enough and the accents are thick enough I’m mostly oblivious to the words. This doesn’t mean I can’t tell that there are some obvious slime-balls behind me. I try my best to ignore them. And I’ve made a personal rule for myself not to take pictures with fans unless they’re women or children. I’m not keen on becoming someone’s fap bate for the night.”
She also cleared up some myths to cheerleading and said that “We’re not all sluts,” a misconception that is deeply ingrained in the mind of many people when they see women dance in skimpily-clad clothing.
“The mass majority of cheerleaders I’ve worked with are perfectly respectable women. I’m currently not working with any sluts, and for that I’m grateful. They tend to cause drama,” she added.
But it wasn’t all serious stuff. Someone also asked her about her favourite food and what an IPL cheerleader gets paid.
She replied, “My favorite food is Indian… pretty much all of it. I love spicy food, I love flavorful food, and I’m a vegetarian so I’m loving life right now. If I had to pick favorites. Dhal, palak paneer, and korma…. and pretty much all masalas. Oh and naan and lassi’s.”
On the pay she said she can’t really give the exact amount but said that she is “this more for the experience than the money.”