Call it a sign of the times or whatever you want, but having male dancers on your favorite football team will soon be a normal thing around the National Football League.
On Monday, the Seattle Seahawks organization released a statement announcing that the infamous SeaGals era that began in 1976 will be no more and the cheer squad would be renamed “The Seahawks Dancers” moving forward to make way for male dancers to join the squad.
“(There is) no specific reason other than just an evolution of the program, similar to other entertainment updates we’ve made over the years such as the addition of our Blue Thunder drum line in 2004,’’ wrote Kaitlin Goodall, director of business communications, in an email. “The Sea Gals have been an integral part of the Seahawks organization for decades, and the Seahawks Dancers will continue to carry on the legacy of great game-day entertainment as well as work in the community.’’
The Seahawks now join the Indianapolis Colts, Los Angeles Rams, New Orleans Saints, Philadelphia Eagles, and Tennessee Titans as teams that have brought men in to participate in their sideline cheering routines. Just this past February, the Rams had male cheerleaders performing at the Super Bowl, the first men to ever do so.
Unfortunately, the news didn’t go over so well with fans, so they took to Twitter and reacted like so:
The Seahawks just got rid of the term “Seagals” it’s so dumb.
— Scott Collins (@bean2030) June 4, 2019
— . (@Susquehanna_Hat) June 4, 2019
I get it. I dont like it. Not for the bigoted reasons you think..but “Sea-Gals” rolls off the tongue..why not “Sea
-Pals”? “Sea-Dancers” just doesn’t roll
— Shaun Simpson (@TrailerPark78) June 3, 2019
That’s bummerific. Bring back the Sea Gals!
— ?????? ???????? (@RealtorRIA) June 3, 2019
You couldn’t just keep the Seagals name and call the guys Seamen?
— Ron Mexico (@OCIXEMNOR) June 3, 2019
Guess the woke crowd is demanding more men on the Football field. Feel bad for the women who lost spots with this change. Little Girls dreams die in the darkness of the Politically Correct. pic.twitter.com/bgC5uWkNkB
— Paul Beyer (@PBizzel) June 3, 2019
Its going to look like a pride parade dance every Sunday. pic.twitter.com/z6KuLXiCY7
— Joe Rant (@JoeRant2) June 3, 2019
— Tommy James (@shootfirehotrod) June 3, 2019
I understand doing it in high school to get ‘extracurricular privileges’ but if you’re an adult male-I can’t respect that bro.
— thisishowiphil (@thisishowiphil) June 4, 2019
Why? Why? Why? Ignorant.
— mike nash (@kudulove) June 3, 2019
— M2 (@PouringReign206) June 3, 2019
Nobody wants to see some flamboyant soyboy prancing around on the sidelines jumping around with jazz hands.
Giant Meteor for President 2020.
— Hysterical Tom (@tripletap21) June 3, 2019
— High Times Mike (@alexjsmith24) June 3, 2019
WOW, tough crowd!