A Guide To Sleeping With Athletes: Website Offers Jersey-Chasing Advice
The website balleralert.com is all the rage over the last two days. First, the New York Post gave it a writeup. Then, Jezebel chimed in. Why all the consternation over a site that, as Jezebel points out, currently has a top story with the innocuous-sounding title, "Marrying For Money: Gold Digger or Financial Planner?" Let's check the opening to the Post's story:
She slips an expensive Rolex around her wrist and slings a stylish $3,000 Gucci bag over her shoulder. A football star lavished her with these little luxuries, but now -- after finally bedding the NFL player -- she wants a car.
"With christmas coming, I think now is as good of time as any to throw that out there lol . . . Nothing major, just a CTS or a 535 or something . . . 40-50 thousand range," writes a Brooklyn woman who goes by the handle "Angelina Yee."
Oh. Um, yeah. That's probably why.
BallerAlert, you see, has not only posts like the one we mentioned before, but a thriving community of groupies, who use the site to figure out the best strategies for successful jersey-chasing (and, apparently, once they do that, the best strategies for successful car-getting). Remember Off The market - the company aiming to deter cheating that we wrote about two months ago? BallerAlert is basically the polar opposite.
Jersey-chasing is a subject almost guaranteed to pique interest (as we can attest, thanks to this post), so it's not surprising a specialty site like this would come about/get popular (after all, similar things have already happened for music [fair warning: NSFW link]). But is that at all a good thing? Sadie Stein at Jezebel says:
What's especially odd about the site is the readiness with which the women self-identify as groupies and golddiggers. I mean, it's neither ironic nor empowering if you're actually living down to a stereotype in every particular.
Tough to argue that. But, as she also says, there are two sides to that coin:
And frankly, the athletes who involve themselves in the dynamic are doing the exact same thing (plus, it's hard to sympathize with a high-profile star who's cheating and risks exposure.)
Athletes (and musicians, and other high-profile entertainers) have cheated (or just chased, or been chased) for pretty much as long as their skills have afforded them money and recognition. It was almost inevitable that communities of groupies would emerge in the internet age - giving niche areas a home is pretty much what the internet is about.
But we can also see why there'd be unease with that idea among the non-groupie crowd - the fact that just the word 'groupie' itself brings with it negative connotations, the fact that it's openly discussed how to try to get some guy to give you a car - and why that same crowd would want the blame for scenarios like the car request spread among both sides. Anyone who wants to live the life is free to do it - but even easy sex can come with its own set of problems...and it's the job of the chased to know what they're potentially getting themselves into.
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