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Erin Andrews' Stories About Sexism in Sports Reporting Make Our Blood Boil

You’ve probably seen Erin Andrews providing sports commentary on FOX or hosting Dancing with the Stars. And you may have also seen her naked, thanks to a video that was secretly captured in 2008 while she undressed at a hotel.

That video, which has been viewed by the public over 17 million times, is the subject of Erin’s $75 million lawsuit against the Marriott Hotel in Nashville, where she was unknowingly filmed naked. While the video was released online in 2009, Erin says she’s still haunted by it.

“This happens every day of my life, either I get a tweet or somebody makes a comment in the paper or somebody sends me a still of the video to my Twitter or someone screams it at me in the stands and I’m right back to this,” Andrews testified, per the Los Angeles Times. “I feel so embarrassed and I am so ashamed.”

The video was just one of many times Erin has been the target of sexism in her career as a sports commentator. During her testimony, Erin has talked about hearing endless comments on her appearance, as well as being dismissed by fellow (male) sports reporters.

After the video came out, she says she was pressured by ESPN to talk about the video on air to prove it wasn’t a PR move. “Probably for, like, three months, everybody thought it was a publicity stunt,” Erin testified, per Deadspin. “The front page of The New York Post said ‘ESPN Scandal.’ To Fox News and CBS, everybody put up that I was doing it for publicity and attention, and that ripped me apart.”

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According to Erin, her employers at ESPN told her that she needed to do a sit-down interview about the video before she could go back on air. “That was the only way I was going to be allowed back,” she said.

In October 2009, Michael David Barrett, the man behind the video, was arrested for creating the video. He served 30 months in prison for interstate stalking. Until the arrest, Erin says she was convinced her employers thought she made the video to get attention.

Barrett said he targeted Erin because she received a lot of attention for her body, and he wanted to make money off of that. And he was right to think he would be successful: Erin was called “Sideline Barbie” and “Sideline Princess” by sports blogs, and was critiqued for her outfits—not her work.

Erin’s testimony highlights the cruel double standard for women in the world of sports. While commentators like Bob Costas and Joe Buck are applauded for their work, Erin is viewed as a sex object who is there for men to look at.

“I always bring up the fact that people are so worried about what I'm doing or that I care about the way I look ... [but] we have some of the best-looking guys at Fox,” she recently said in an interview with HuffPost Live. “They are wearing gorgeous suits. They have a hair and makeup team there powdering them. Troy Aikman. Joe Buck. They work out all the time. [They're] beautiful men wearing beautiful clothes, and no one says anything about that. That's the only time I kind of get salty about it, because I'm like, how am I any different from these guys?”

#Preach.

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