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July 24th, 2009
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Who is to blame for what happened to Erin Andrews?

ESPN commentator Erin Andrews reports as the Pittsburgh Panthers upset the University of South Florida Bulls on October 2, 2008 in Tampa, Florida.

ESPN commentator Erin Andrews reports as the Pittsburgh Panthers upset the University of South Florida Bulls on October 2, 2008 in Tampa, Florida.
By Carol Costello and Ronni Berke

A horrific invasion of privacy. Sexual assault. Even rape.

That's how some women have described the nude pictures secretly taken of ESPN reporter Erin Andrews. And some sports bloggers are issuing mea culpas for having promoted Andrews as a "sports hottie."

Andrews was videotaped by a peeping tom in her hotel room without her knowledge and the blogosphere has been buzzing about it for days. Andrews' attorney is threatening legal action if anyone continues to post the videos online, but some, like the site "Dailymotion.com," persist.

And while her lawyer wants whoever took the pictures to be criminally prosecuted, others say many more are guilty. "I do think we're all complicit in a culture that objectifies women, that is interested in seeing titillating videos of women who don't know they're filmed," says Jessica Valenti of feministing.com.

Indeed, Google says searches for "Erin Andrews" and "Erin Andrews video" have risen more than five-thousand percent in the past few days. The blog "Sports Media Watch" says for years there's been a "...national stalking of Andrews.." online by those who turned her into "a body that exists...for...leering at."

Even an inadvertent ESPN shot of Andrews' behind got half a million hits on YouTube. ESPN calls Andrews one of the premier sports reporters in the business; but some charge the network stoked the fire too, by playing up Andrews' looks. "Anyone who's watched our coverage would know otherwise," says ESPN's Josh Krulewitz.

And some of those she covered didn't help either. She was hugged during an interview on air; a college football player danced lewdly behind her at a game. Through it all, by many accounts, Andrews dealt good-naturedly with those who objectified her.

Christine Brennan, who covers sports for USA Today, says she supports Andrews 100 percent. But Brennan cautions all women broadcasters: "Play to the 12-year-old girl and her mom and dad on the couch. Don't play to the frat house. Do everything you can to make sure that those wackos do not interfere in my life."

Some sports bloggers are showing remorse over the incident. A blogger on "Deadspin.com," which was linked to the months-old video last week, put it this way: "Was I ever over the line? Was (COACH) Bruce Pearl when he hugged her?...Was ESPN....when they realized that attractive women on the sideline helped ratings? Did I contribute to this awful thing that happened? Did all of us? I don't think so...But...if I ran into her on the street today ... I'm not sure I could look her in the eye. I'm not sure anybody could."

What do you think? Who is to blame for what happened to Erin Andrews?


Filed under: Just Sayin'
soundoff (59 Responses)
  1. James David Landry

    The guy who shot the video is the criminal. I hope the authorities get this person. If police can get child pornographers,they should be able to find a person with access to the hotel and knowledge of the guests staying there. My question is what can the criminal be charged with, just invasion of privacy or something more for posting the video on the net?
    Miss.Andrews should also sue the hotel. I have a peephole on my front door to see visitors but you can not see in from the outside. How did this person get to film outside looking in?
    Miss.Costello, If your question about who is to blame is meant to be wider in scope, along the lines of socity objectifying women and that this has helped cause some pervert to tape Erin Andrews because she is attractive and realativly known because of her work as a sideline reporter then I find it ironic that your article contains a internet address to a site that posts the video.
    Anyway, This might not be the right form but Carol Costello you are the best reporter at CNN. From silly storys on the term cougar to serious storys about drug abuse, you give them all the same amout of credibility and professionalism.

    July 28, 2009 at 9:05 pm |
  2. Jack

    Hey! Wait a minute. Don't blame me. Until I read this article, I had never heard of Erin Andrews. Obviously, being a normal heterosexual male, I Goggled her name to see what this was all about. From the pictures, mostly screen shots of her at work, she isn't that great (No, I didn't watch the movie; I couldn't find it). Moreover, judging by the way she dresses for work, I suspect that her only issue is that she wasn't paid for the video. She is obviously trading on her looks as much as her reporting skills. Don't get me wrong; there is nothing wrong with using all your assets. Women and men do it all the time. Just look at the author of this article for evidence. By the way, Carol, you look great. Ease up folks.

    July 25, 2009 at 2:10 pm |
  3. Chris

    Some rich person on TV got filmed in the nude. Personally, I'm a lot more concerned about the lives and families destroyed by drunk driving fatalities, and the families of the 30+ dead soldiers who served in Afghanistan up until this month. There's no doubt Erin has been wronged and suffers, but there's no way this crime is a national emergency. NOLA recovery? National unemployment? Let Erin and the legal team handle their business. I thought CNN/affiliates would let this story go to National Enquirer and gossip mags where it belongs.

    July 24, 2009 at 5:39 pm |
  4. Bobby Brady

    Fake-publicity stunt-staged to attract attention.

    July 24, 2009 at 5:24 pm |
  5. Javier

    If we accept Big Brother... Hot lines... prostitution trading women and children from other countries... why do we can care about this girl?... If you are reading this note... why you are reading this note... ? very deep in you brain there is a biiiiig entertainment culture that tell you to watch this crap... look for scandals... what about when you try to know more about Britney's or MJ's private live... you all are sick... but you really want to be angry with someone that strips... or gay... or whatever thing that can shock you... so come on!! this girl likes to be on the magazines... to be the ESPN hottie, so right now... she is getting more attention, and she will be famous with it... and guess what... she will be soon on Playboy, or something like that, because right now there area lot of bastar.ds looking for her video or photos... why..? because there are lots or mothers that gives a sexiest formation to their kids.

    Welcome to america.

    July 24, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  6. Lovedit

    found it, loved it!!

    July 24, 2009 at 4:00 pm |
  7. kelly

    ESPN is garbage.......Nobody knew it was her in the video.....until ESPN annouced it...

    this would have been a non-issue, especially since they didn't know who videotaped her...

    ESPN is a FRAUD

    July 24, 2009 at 3:57 pm |
  8. jam

    "Who is to blame for what happened to Erin Andrews?"

    Obviously the person(s) who did it to her.

    Also, all this reporting about it makes me want to google the video. I never even knew who she was before this.

    July 24, 2009 at 3:49 pm |
  9. Jo

    Oh Please people! I have seen the video. It is so unclear that I don't even know how anyone can say for sure WHO the woman is. You also cannot see any detail such as nipples and pubic hair. It is just a video of a shapely blurry woman drying her hair.

    July 24, 2009 at 3:03 pm |
  10. Locker

    Christian morality and basic biology are the cause of this issue. Violence is fine for 12 year old kids but a nipple is seen and you'd think it was the apocalypse. The whole "sex is bad" thing creates forbidden fruit which everyone will then want to eat.

    Humans love sex. Humans love experiencing what they think is sexy. It's natural, get over it.

    On the flip side the person who filmed her should be get a nice swift kick in the beanbag.

    July 24, 2009 at 2:52 pm |
  11. JD

    "After watching the piece on Erin Andrews, CNN then went on to report on the loophole in the RI law which allows those under age 18 to strip. During the report, including the interview with the RI legislator, images were displayed of strippers dancing. Why?? Do you think CNN needs a little T & A to keep it’s ratings up??? Just asking." – Ms Skiles' earlier comment

    My thoughts exactly. This was so hypocritical. I searched cnn.com for 10 mins so I could find the place to say so. How could the staff at CNN not see this and wonder the same thing?

    Also, next time (and there will be one) CNN is compelled to report something as vital to the public interest as the unfortunate exploitation of 16-year old runaway strippers, as much as footage of "dancers" over 16 helps explain this otherwise complex story (CNN has its standards), maybe it would be better to show the gawking fat slobs watching them?! Just sayin'.

    July 24, 2009 at 1:57 pm |
  12. Jessica

    The only people to blame are the creep who did this...and the pervs who seek out and watch the video.

    Or, maybe CNN could fire all it's attractive people and hire ugly people so they are "safe"

    Scratch that, I heart Robin Meade...she's so fun and funny, seems like someone you could be friends with...a gal's gal!

    July 24, 2009 at 1:44 pm |
  13. Jessica

    I am awe struck by the ignorance of some of you women.

    A woman shouldnt work in a male dominated field because something like this might happen?

    SERIOUS? WELL QUIT YOUR JOBS SWEETHEARTS, BECAUSE ONCE UPON A TIME ALL YOUR JOBS WERE MALE DOMINATED AND IT ONLY ISNT NOW BECAUSE SOME WOMAN (AND MANY WOMEN) BEFORE YOU PAID THE PRICE.

    UN.BELIEVEABLE. truly...and sickening and saddening and mostly disappointing, it's as if you think you got here all by yourself...as if this history of horrificness never existed before you...

    wake the f up...

    July 24, 2009 at 1:41 pm |
  14. Jessica

    makes you sorta wish there was a way to prosecute people "viewing" her video online, because in my view that's just the same as being a "peeping tom". they know this video was taken without her knowledge...this isnt a pamela anderson or paris hilton sex tape "intenationally" leaked to get and keep their names in the headline.

    I'll never understand why PERVS and CRIMINALS continue to have protections, and victims continue to have none.

    July 24, 2009 at 1:38 pm |
  15. ML Ash

    We're so busy pointing the finger at somebody else. Aren't we each individual to blame by looking at the site? And, if there was no hits to the site, maybe these perverts might get the message. And how about boycotting the site that displayed the message. When is any one going to take responsibility for their own actions.

    July 24, 2009 at 10:01 am |
  16. Minister TDH

    Look Carol, until our society changes to one that has love and respect for one another we will continue to have incidence like this. Society’s lust for sex and the perversion that follows has corrupted the hearts and minds of many American. They see women as objects of their entertainment, and pleasure, and feel no remorse for any action that fills their lustful desires. Until there is a renewed mind, (Romans 12:1-2), then this will soon become the norm.

    July 24, 2009 at 9:45 am |
  17. ronvan

    Some of these comments do not surprise me and show just why we have become so obsessive over "our rights" to do whatever WE want.
    There is a valid point in addressing how women, young & older, are dressing these days. What gets me is when you "look" over one and they get upset. Are we to assume that a person wearing skin tight clothes, skirts 6

    In reading these comments you can see where todays society & morals are. For me, this particular situation is an "invasion of privacy", and if found the individual should be prosecuted.

    July 24, 2009 at 9:31 am |
  18. Fitzgerald, Kankake, IL.

    We do not have mind control, and we do not want it either!

    July 24, 2009 at 9:30 am |
  19. Fitzgerald, Kankake, IL.

    As much as it is wrong for whom ever did this, you are never going to stop men, and employers from objectifying women.

    July 24, 2009 at 9:30 am |
  20. Fred Armstrong

    The question is who is blame? Naturally the guy who took the video. This is a crime. It also a crime that it is allowed to sent over the Internet in the first place. We have stronger laws that govern this.

    I read through the some the comments from others. Some are good, and some who place the blame on Erin Andrews, who is the clear victim are STUPID, and obviously written by men.

    I hope American society will awake up & realize this is a crime, and it could be against like your sister, mother, daughter, relative, or friend. Who defend them?

    July 24, 2009 at 9:24 am |
  21. Common Sense

    I think who's to blame is a stupid question and just as bad as the guy who video taped it. I can say I am not suprised by the event. In our culture we allow these paparazzi idiots to position themselves in a way that they are taking pictures up women skirts as they get of cars. They hide in bushes filming people in their homes and back yards. The real question you people at CNN should be asking is "Why is it ok for the papparazzi to stalk women with the intent to obtain nude or comprimising photos?" The laws against them should be changed and if I ever caught one of these guys in my yard peeping through my window.... I would shoot back.

    July 24, 2009 at 9:17 am |
  22. Dennis

    People in the media are generally better looking than the rest of us. They get paid to look a certain way and not be seen in other ways. That said, there's no reason EVER this stuff should have gotten on the internet. If a teenager peeps through a keyhole, he's/she's a budding pervert/voyeur. That can be fixed with a little guidance. The thing that can't be fixed is that we are now a nation of voyeurs with more places to look at different things than there will ever be time for on earth. I empathize with the damage done to this woman's rights–but other than stronger parenting and taking away access to things like the internet and cell phones? I don't see how we can put the genie back in the bottle–particularly when folks are getting paid!

    July 24, 2009 at 9:13 am |
  23. Tara Healy

    I think the man taking the photos is to blame and on a larger scale all how allow objectification of women to be socially acceptable. It seems clear that not only does racism still exist but so do gender inequality. This video and photos of Andrews not only objectifies her but belittles her skills and talents as a Sports Report. She is not an equal but rather a novelty and that is gross and sad, she should be desired, many men are, for her skills and knowledge. Perhaps someday sexism and racism will not be an issue but it is clear we have a ling way to go!

    July 24, 2009 at 9:11 am |
  24. JEZEBEL58

    Why would any one ask "who's to balme for what happened to Erin Andrews?"That is a stupid question,who took the pictures,then maybe you should ask that person if you can find him-I assume it's a him.

    July 24, 2009 at 8:58 am |
  25. Pat

    I did not know who Erin Andrews is until this morning. No individual deserves this treatment without their knowledge or consent. The original perpertrator will probably not be found, but I hope Ms. Andrews has the courage and stamina to bring lawsuits against the venues that have published the pictures and videos. Perhaps through the courts and heavy fines, this behavior will not be tolerated. People need to evolve.

    July 24, 2009 at 8:55 am |
  26. Tony

    Hey Guys! On the subject of racial profiling – It is very real and more prevalent than most think. You don't have to be black to experience it, just different. Have experience this humilitating experience on numerous occasions. Expereinced this even as an active duty military, as a veteran, and in the civilial sector. Most of the profiling occurs on the road, and at the airport. To help, I have resulted to putting on veteran licence plates on my vehicles – not the cop drive pass instead of stopping me, Also, if I proudly show my military ID at the airport, I am asked for another ID – very insulting. I am of Aisian decent and look middle eastern in some ways. So, help me understand this some more. I am very happy that the media is now beginning to address this long standing issue and has gotten the attention it did

    July 24, 2009 at 8:43 am |
  27. The Marginalizer

    Who is Erin Andrews and why do we care in the first place?

    July 24, 2009 at 8:11 am |
  28. Dave

    I realy feel sorry for this women. Hopfully this does not affect her career. If we are gonna play the blame game I would say we would have to blame the mainstream media. When I think about it I had no idea who she was even though I watch ESPN very regularly, however I watch the news today and I know her name, what she does, and what happened to her. All I had to do once I heard this was google her name and boom the video is all over the place for anyone to view. Had I not seen the news I might not have ever known about the video. Basicly what I am saying is that by covering this story the mainstream media is advertising the video for the unethical websites that air it.

    July 24, 2009 at 8:08 am |
  29. Mumtaz

    kathy, you need to calm down. This world is not so perfect as you are envisioning. Every moral argument has millions of holes. The laws were made in a good faith to protect men and women. All the responsibilty is not with men only. remember the famous saying: show me your mother and i will tell you what kind of person you are.
    Mothers have greater influence on boys then fathers. Life is very philosophic till you hit by the reality which is not as perfect as some of us believe.

    July 24, 2009 at 8:06 am |
  30. Mauricio

    I personally haven't seen this video, but over the years there have been many leaks of private pornographic/ nude home videos and pictures of women. Therefore the Erin Andrews situation is not new. Like all the women before her in this situation she is a victim. While they were victims to trusting their loved ones (at the time of shooting), she was a victim to trusting the hotel that offered her privacy. As for the person taking the video...like the Paparazzi they took the shot that was available...that's something to think about.

    July 24, 2009 at 8:01 am |
  31. Kathy

    In this country, it still takes a village. In this situation, the moral men MUST stand up to the immoral. (America really objects to the word "moral", but society, community and law begins here.) They MUST take a STRONG, outspoken position. They must be vocal and they must be examples, role models. They must call the bad behavior by it's name and hold the guilty parties responsible-seriously, very seriously, and NOT with a wink (as is too often the case). Any man, and it only takes one, that permits this behavior is allowing and perpetuating it. It becomes the example for his wife, his daughter, and most importantly his son. As a father believes and behaves, so does his family, his business, his community, his nation. Progressive societies are determined by how they treat their women. This type of 'theft' is the same as stealing a life. It is identity theft. It is not as simple as theft of a bicycle or a car or a television. It takes away a person's life, character, self-identity. This should be regarded as murder of a person, their privacy, their very core self. And the consequence of this 'murder' should be considered as exactly that – murder. After all, none of us want to see our daughters, wives, or mothers violated and 'murdered' the way Erin Andrews has suffered.

    July 24, 2009 at 7:54 am |
  32. Dino Gayle

    Get over it! Who doesn't like to look at a hawwwt body?!? Besides, CNN you shouldn't be wasting time on this crap as oppose to the corruption taking place on capitol hill..

    July 24, 2009 at 7:49 am |
  33. Elizabeth Skiles

    After watching the piece on Erin Andrews, CNN then went on to report on the loophole in the RI law which allows those under age 18 to strip. During the report, including the interview with the RI legislator, images were displayed of strippers dancing. Why?? Do you think CNN needs a little T & A to keep it's ratings up??? Just asking.

    July 24, 2009 at 7:48 am |
  34. Mumtaz

    The natural outcome of this higly moral discussion of Erin's privacy invaded, Do not be surprized to see her on "Playboy" cover when she will be offered a million dollar deal. At that moment the argument will be that it's my choice to allow millions of viewers to invade my privacy and there is a price tag to it. At this moment how dare you invade my privacy without paying me the price.
    Remember Jessica hahns with evengelical priest Jim Baker and many others who made loft calims. If Erin is smart she will keep the controversy going. After all this brings her rating up.
    No offence, JUST SAYIN !!!!!!

    July 24, 2009 at 7:48 am |
  35. Johnny

    I agree with others, we're all to blame and CNN is too. Why does CNN only have runway ready anchors? If ESPN is to blame by putting attractive women on the sideline, then CNN is following the same philosophy.

    July 24, 2009 at 7:48 am |
  36. Robyn Webb

    Certainly, there is plenty of blame to go around. How many "unattractive" women auditoned for the ESPN job and didn't get it because of their appearance. How many female on-air personalities at CNN are "unattractive?"

    The media wants to point the finger at the website that posted the video, but is really the root cause by placing importance on appearance in the interest of ratings, thus creating this objectification of the women they choose to be on camera.

    Does Ms. Costello think she would have gotten her job at CNN if she weighed 200 pounds or was plain or unattractive? I have no doubt that demand exists for nude pictures of Carol Costello, Betty Nguyen and other CNN personalities.

    July 24, 2009 at 7:43 am |
  37. Ron

    Re: Erin Andrews
    Give it a break. You (the media) are fanning the flames. Let it die out. It's already yesterday's news. The more you say, the more it encourages this type of behavior. You (the media) are making this more sensational than it should be.

    July 24, 2009 at 7:40 am |
  38. Rick from Ct

    I really got to tell the truth. I don't care that the whole world saw her naked, and I wouldn't be shocked if she did it herself, Sorry if that sounds
    rude,

    July 24, 2009 at 7:40 am |
  39. Charlotte

    Who's fault is this? It's the fault of the guy who took the pictures but
    anyone can walk around with a camera today and claim that they are Paparazzi.
    Paparazzi = Stalkers.
    The laws need to be changed. The attitudes of people in general need to be changed. This poor woman's career will never be the same.

    July 24, 2009 at 7:40 am |
  40. Adam J

    While there is no excuse for someone invading her privacy, it must be pointed out that this is not a phenomenon solely affecting women, men and celebrity men are also subjected to the same sexual exploitation.

    July 24, 2009 at 7:38 am |
  41. Paul Williams

    What happened to Erin is a crime, there is no question about that. It is also true that this has happened to a lot of Women and there really has been no national outrage over it. So in a way, perhaps a greater good can come from this horrendous invasion of privacy.

    July 24, 2009 at 7:37 am |
  42. John

    I think its her fault she is a idiot for do something that stupid knowing she is famous.she should know paparazzi..it is her fault no one elses.

    July 24, 2009 at 7:35 am |
  43. Thomas P. Elofsky

    I take exception to the verbiage “Peeping Tom”. I find this description of the unknown perpetrator (Erin Andrews incident) an affront to the million of males with the first name of Tom.
    The meaning origin of this negative moniker comes from the legend of Lady Godiva's naked ride through the streets of Coventry, in order to persuade her husband to alleviate the harsh taxes on the town's poor. The story goes that the townsfolk agreed not to observe Godiva as she passed by, but that Peeping Tom broke that trust and spied on her.
    The days of Lady Godiva are over, and this negative moniker should go with it. Why not call these voyeurs their proper titles, such as, watching perverts, observing predators, or a vulgar prowler. The name “Peeping Tom” should join the name of “Tom the Tailor” (which is from that same era), in the trash heap of history.

    July 24, 2009 at 7:33 am |
  44. Daniel Nelson Lafayette,IN

    Why can't the hotel find out who was in the room next to hers? The hotel should be held responsible.

    July 24, 2009 at 7:14 am |
  45. Larry

    ESPN is responsible for what Happened to Erin. ESPN is exploiting her for profits.

    Any guy can see what's going on here.

    July 24, 2009 at 7:08 am |
  46. Justin

    As an avid ESPN fan, I see Ms. Andrews as a great field reporter before I look at her body. She has dealt with hostile situations and handled it with nothing but the utmost professionalism and class while always seeming down to earth. It is disgusting to think that some one would violate another persons privacy in this way, but honestly in this world of sex tapes and TMZ, sadly I am not surprised. It is all of our faults that this happened. The google numbers speak for themselves. She is up ,a reported, 5000%!!! If that doesn’t speak for what a lot of America deems important, I don’t know what is. We are always looking for the next scandal or celebrity news story. With the internet this is the monster we have created, I only pray it stops now and there is some sort of sense of decency and a right to privacy for those in the spotlight.

    July 24, 2009 at 6:56 am |
  47. Sandy Myers

    As a victim of video voyeurism I sympathize with Erin Andrews. In my opinion its visual rape and can have the same impact on its victims. By no means is it anyones fault other than the perverted voyeur. In August 2003 there was a bill signed into law making it a felony. I sincerely hope the voyeur is caught and punished to the fullest extent of the law.

    July 24, 2009 at 6:56 am |
  48. Don Straub

    I feel sorry for the invasion of Erin Andrews privacy. Our society is so sexualized these days. I believe we are endowed by God with a higher calling. We are not just human animals. Mankind should be striving for ideals like righteousness, justice, humility, modesty and truth- among other ideals. Sexuality is explosive. Profanity and perversion accompany unchecked sexual passion. What happened to Erin Andrews is indicative of the pervasiveness of SEX in our culture today. We all need to be on guard to curb our natural passions.

    July 24, 2009 at 6:54 am |
  49. Kperry

    So just what is all the flap about? Now that the shoe is on the other foot. The media has been following and exposing other stars for years. Prying into others private lives exposing details that should be private. Now that it's happened to one of your own it's suddenly a "REALLY" bad thing. Agreed Erin Andrews should follow up legally. If caught the perp should be prosocuted to the fullest extent. What the person did was wrong. As for the media spin on who caused this. Well from her frequent dress style Erin has not attempted to hide her obvious beauty. She has instead "cashed in" on it. But neither she nor the public caused it. These things have sadly been happening for years.It was a weak , selfish individual who did such a thing.

    July 24, 2009 at 6:49 am |
  50. Brent

    Why is it surprising that ESPN and other networks employ beautiful women in broadcasting? I don't think it's a coincidence that all the women at CNN are gorgeous. Dispite their obvious qualifications as broadcasters, pretty women drive ratings... period. I don't think this is exploitation. It's just common sense and good business planning!

    July 24, 2009 at 6:47 am |
  51. levv

    Women are to blame for what happened to Erin A.
    Why? because women want to be men, they don't want it to be like used to, when men would hold a door open for a woman, or pull her chair out, or stand up when she shows up at the table. They want the disrespect that men give each other. So it's all trickled down to this, men don't respect women like they used to, WOMEN don't respect themselves either. I hear on the news a lot of women/girls fighting, killing, giving kids pot, sleeping with everybody. and they still want respect? I know you will disagree, but the fact is that it's not gonna get better, no matter how many laws are put out there. Maybe there is something to say for the days when men and women had more decency and manners.

    July 24, 2009 at 6:47 am |
  52. MD

    Shame on you CNN. By asking who is to blame for what happened to Erin Andrews you’re making the assumption that Ms. Andrews is to blame for what happened.

    July 24, 2009 at 6:45 am |
  53. maureen

    While looking to spread the blame around for the “invasion of Erin’s privacy”, we should include the dress and deliberate sexy appearance of women universally. The once-conservative TV crime scene-type shows have changed all female costuming in the past couple of years so that even the MEs are scantily and suggestively attired. Young women in the general population wear low-cut blouses revealing just about all (all when they bend over), low-slung, tight pants, and clingy too-small tops to meetings, classes, coffee houses – wherever. Their message is “Come and get it”, but we are not supposed to criticize them when the inappropriate behavior of others results. The media screams that it makes no difference how a woman dresses or behaves – if she just says no, it’s supposed to be enough to quiet the rapacious thoughts she herself has aroused.

    July 24, 2009 at 6:45 am |
  54. Marisol

    It has a lot to do with the media, including films, television, magazines, billboards, etc. Our society perpetuates the objectification of women from one generation to the next, and you can see that even in the way some fathers speak to their sons about women as teenagers. It is socially-accepted sexism – a social disease that receives far too little attention and has proliferated out of control and deteriorated the very moral core of our young men. What happened to Erin happens to women throughout the world in the form of sexual exploitation and sexual assault that go without legal consequences.

    July 24, 2009 at 6:44 am |
  55. Lynn Baggett

    When a pretty girl goes into a male dominated industry she should expect something like this to happen. It ain't right but it happens. Personally I don't think women should cover sports and I am a 30 something college educated female. You don't want something like this to happen don't go into an industry that it probably will.

    July 24, 2009 at 6:44 am |
  56. Shawn Pechette

    Erin Andrews is most probably responsible for what has happened to Erin Andrews. We all objectify everybody who counts. Clearly Erin Andrews want to be sure and count! Bet me!

    July 24, 2009 at 6:42 am |
  57. Lynette, NY

    Is anyone reading between the lines on this? Our society across the board is to blame. Sex sells everything and television plays to it 24/7 through every show and every commercial.
    The 12 year old sitting on the couch at home with her parents doesn't stand a chance unless society as a whole starts pushing back. Women of all ages are expected to be physically appealing, and are encourged to act like sluts to attract men who often don't take care of themselves.

    July 24, 2009 at 6:40 am |
  58. Ashley

    Women are often the target of sick sexual fantasies. Who would of thought that the rate of perverts is actually increasing and what they do is getting sicker! I think the person who videotaped her should confess and be ashamed that he/she did a very sick thing. I say he/she to not discriminate but most likely it is a (sick) man.

    July 24, 2009 at 6:39 am |
  59. Gina

    Who on earth is trying to blame the VICTIM here? So we may as well agree that a rape victim is to cause because she may be attractive or has a pretty smile or parts of her body are attractive. Come on people!

    This is a professional woman who is doing her job, are we going back to the days of being chased around the office and it's overlooked. Who is to blame, the PERVERTS who enjoy degrading women and that is too many to count, ask the good ol boys club, I'm sure they see nothing wrong! As for that woman who tried to blame her, stop being a hater and be a supporter.

    July 24, 2009 at 6:33 am |