I saw this image on a bunch of websites yesterday. It’s Olympic winning athlete Lindsey Vonn dressed up as Catherine Tramell from Basic Instinct, the role that made Sharon Stone famous.
Now this pisses me off on so many levels.
I’m pissed at Lindsey for buying into this crap. She should know better, but hey it’s a magazine cover and it’s a sports magazine and they don’t put a lot of women on the cover. So what the hell. It’s great visibility and she’s sexy and straight and can get away with this. In fact it will probably help her get more endorsements.
But what a terrible message she is sending. Remember the movie? The Tramell character was an icepick murderer. That’s the character our most visible Olympic winning athlete chooses to emulate? I’m surprised the photo didn’t have her legs wider open. IN fact I’m surprised they didn’t have her boiling a bunny ala Fatal Attraction.
Speaking of ESPN covers, I had a hard time finding a single cover with a woman athlete where she was fully clothed. Candace Parker was on a cover a while ago when she was about 8 months pregnant. And from what I can tell basketball player Diana Taurasi who is not known for provocative photos was on one of the covers of this year’s Body Issue naked as were the women from the USA women’s water polo team. I know that there were male athletes naked on other body issue covers, but the question I have is has there been a female athlete on the cover of ESPN the Magazine this year fully clothed? Roger Federer was able to keep his clothes on. Why can’t the women?