The New Orleans Saints have their first male cheerleader, and the video of his first performance is….interesting.
After hearing the Los Angeles Rams had added a male to their all-female cheerleading squad, Jesse Hernandez tried out and made the Saintsations team to perform at New Orleans Saints games.
The reaction to Hernandez making the squad has been mixed, with football purists slamming the move. LGNTQ and feminist activists, however, have praised Hernandez, as well as the Saints, for choosing him.
NOLA.com writer Doug MacCash wrote favorably about Hernandez making the team. He isn’t a sports writer, but covers art, music and culture for the site. He also frequently covers LGBTQ issues.
MacCash praised Hernandez for “high-kicking into history,” slamming the status quo by demeaning the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, who have become the standard for NFL cheerleaders. “Wearing a casual jersey and jeans combo, Jesse Hernandez high-kicked into history, helping begin the end of the XX-chromosome objectifying Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders era,” MacCash wrote.
MacCash continued to criticize others to prop up Hernandez, and adding that his physical prowess made him more of a man than the men criticizing him. “Social media swamp gas naturally rose up from the muck, as keyboard critics shamefully disdained everything, from Hernandez’s physical prowess to his charming pompadour,” MacCash wrote. “The truth is, of course, in terms of physical strength and sheer guts, there are few of us who would be qualified to carry Hernandez’s lunch box. Imagine facing the kind of hostility the 25-year-old has had to endure for merely helping us edge further into the 21st-century on Sunday afternoons.”
Many however, take issue with Hernandez’s performance, not only because he sticks out from the rest, but because he had no uniform, and waved a towel instead of pom-poms. Some commenters said he looked like someone who jumped out of the stands and joined the cheerleaders on the field.
Before he made the squad, Hernandez posted a video to YouTube in which he talks about making the tryout finals. He credits another cheerleader (who is with him in the video), as well as his mom for encouraging him to try out.
Here is his performance.
Hernandez is not talking to the press, the New Orleans Saints have announced.
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