Women, we have been demeaned again. In case you hadn’t heard or seen it, yesterday’s print edition of the Tribune had a poster of Chris Pronger in a figure skating skirt. If that wasn’t bad enough, the poster called him Chrissy Pronger. Do the Trib editors really think this is going to faze a veteran like Pronger? All they’re doing is catching the ire of women everywhere, especially women who are Blackhawks fans. It sure isn’t fazing Pronger.â†µ
“I don’t read what you guys write, good or bad,” Pronger said. “Next question, next question. I really couldn’t care, to be honest with you. I’m worried about playing the game.”â†µ
Our attention should be focused on how the Hawks intend to shut Pronger down, and it’s not going to be by showing him pictures of himself in a skirt. But Trib editor Mike Kellams disagrees:â†µ
Tribune sports editor Mike Kellams told the New York Daily News that the paper did not intend to be offensive but “there is no other guy in orange who commands attention like Chris Pronger does…he’s the villain, he’s the enemy. We were just trying to tap into that emotion that is unique to sports, and we were just trying to have some fun in the paper. I don’t think that’s against the law.”â†µ
No, it’s not against the law, but it’s disappointing and demeaning to women.â†µ
The Hawks are an excellent, young team with a ton of talent. They are bringing this city together right now like no other team has done in years. Why not capitalize on that instead of silly photos of players in figure skating skirts? This dips to the lows of what some may call the typical Philly fan. The Trib should be ashamed for stooping so low.