Cheerleader Falsities

February 25, 2010
Ok, so Cheerleaders have a rep for being preppy.
Everyone knows that, it's like one of the rules of Society.
However, not every single one of them is like that.
I know a ton of chill, down to earth, girls that are cheerleaders that aren't that total blond, stupid, preppy, stereotype, people make cheerleaders out to be.
So just out of pure frustration and boredom I'm going to list the fallacies people believe about cheerleaders.

1) Cheerleaders are idiots and have no brains.

WRONG!!! First off, cheerleaders have to be pretty smart when it comes to stunts and choreography.
They have to remember all the moves, all the cheers, and all the stunts so they don't mess up in front of people.
That's a lot of stuff to memorize.
Second, cheerleaders have to maintain at least a C average to remain on the squad.
That's a lot higher than what some of you judgmental hypocrites make in your classes.

2) Cheerleaders are girly-girls who don't know the meaning of hard work.

Cheerleaders have to keep up their grades and then after school, while some of you lounge on the couch snacking, they're practicing two hours every day after school!
And then after practicing for two hours and it's now like 5:30 when they get home, and they have to do their homework that will take like an hour or more.
So by the end of the day, they are exhausted and have probably done more "work" in a day than you guys have done in a week.
And for all of you guys that think you have it hard with homework and after school activities, you guys have the weekend to relax.
Cheerleaders have games and pep rallies and fundraisers and practices.
They don't get to just chill on the weekends like you do.
I'm not saying that cheerleading is more of a sport or more work than other things, I'm saying that cheer is just as hard, just as stressful and just as time consuming as any other sport or activity.
So don't belittle it.

3) Cheerleaders are all preps.

No way.
A majority of the girls are preppy and whatever but they are not ALL like that!
They have brains, they're individuals.
They can think for themselves and you don't have to be preppy to be a cheerleader.
It goes the same way for every thing else.
For example, I'm preppy-ish, (I say this with clenched teeth) but if you know the people I hang out with you know that they are so different.
You don't have to be scene to hang out with the scene kids, you don't have to be a drama fanatic to talk to the theatre crew and you don't have to be preppy to be cheerleader!
4) Cheerleaders can't run worth crap.

This is the one that ticks me of the most because it's one of the most believed and one of the biggest lies of all cheerleader myths.
For instance, today my P.E. teacher was talking to a girl about how she was running with her arms at her sides and waving her hands.
The teacher yells at her and says, "You're running like a cheerleader!"
Offensive much???
Yeah, I thought so.
Through out the class period she just kept saying how running like a cheerleader was deflecting her abilities as an athlete.
Ticked me off so much.
My lip was bleeding by the time the bell rang from biting it to keep from saying anything.
Cheerleaders are very athletic.
A friend of mine plans on trying out next year and she is constantly working out and stretching and running.
And when you're on the squad, at practice, you run around the track a couple times just for warm ups.

That's running around the track, every day, after school, several times.
That's more exercise than a bunch of you do every day.
To be a cheerleader you have to be fit and have devotion.
It's not that blow off sport that some of you make it out to be.
It's hard work and and very time consuming.
So I hope you think about that the next time you decide to trash cheerleaders.

Leave you're comments please I wanna know what you guys think of cheerleaders!

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tsa502 said...
Oct. 28, 2010 at 1:28 pm
I don't think all cheerleaders are the same. Even though I am not a cheerleader, I understand where they are coming from. Cheerleaders should be given the same honor and respect as everyone else. From my point of view, I do believe that cheerleading is a sport.
caughtinamoment said...
May 1, 2010 at 10:50 am

I agree with everything you have to say one hundred and twenty percent!

I was a cheerleader for 4 years, and let me tell you it takes so much dedication, hard work, and determination. There is so much pressure involved with the sport. It may not be as excruciating in the athletic departmenet compared to other contact sports- but it is still just as difficult. It takes not only an athlete in top physical shape to be a great cheerleader, but also mentally you must be strong. Cheerle... (more »)

theblazingstar101 said...
Apr. 2, 2010 at 2:06 pm

I agree you're right...but this isn't an article. It's just a rant, and it's written like you're insulting the people reading it. I mean, I'm reading it, and from what I'm reading, you just called me a judgmental hypocrit for making low grades.

And then you talk about how some guys think they have it hard with homework and afterschool activities, and again, it feels like you're insulting me. I have been kickboxing for five years. And you're telling me that I'm a lazy hypocrite?

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XxSorrowxWithxAxSmileXx This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Mar. 22, 2010 at 6:47 pm
wow! I didn't even mean for this to be an article! I was just ranting on my blog on myspace! I never imagined it would be this popular! Thanks you guys!
fiftiesgal467 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Mar. 19, 2010 at 1:14 pm
Rock on! At my school, all the cheerleaders are smart, nerdy girls! (in a good way)
DeadlyPoppy said...
Mar. 18, 2010 at 3:06 pm
This article is pretty good, aside from the fact it's terribly written. Try rewriting it: same concept, but have someone proofread it so that it actually looks like a story and not some words you threw together.
XxSorrowxWithxAxSmileXx This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
May 2, 2010 at 10:44 pm
The thing is, it is just some words thrown together. Not a story. Wasn't even meant to be read yet 380 people have read it.
PoAph said...
Mar. 11, 2010 at 8:39 am
This is so true!
toxic.monkey said...
Mar. 8, 2010 at 8:52 am
you know, it's really not very convincing when you use stereotypes to get rid of stereotypes. as in, saying that most cheerleaders are preppy - generalization. or, cheerleaders do more exercise than most of you people out there - generalization, "drama fanatics" - stereotype.
green-eyed-angle said...
Mar. 6, 2010 at 1:03 pm
I know how hard it is one of my friends is a cheerleader. eople make fun of her for being a blonde and a cheerleader, but she has butter grades then most of the idoits that say that stuff
Destiny said...
Mar. 4, 2010 at 9:15 pm
I agree with you I was a cheerleader during the cheerleading time and that prep. people called me the emo cheerleader. HA HA!!!!!
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