Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Pom Poms Not Bomb Bombs

As was requested, here is a photo of the radical cheerleading group Pom Poms Not Bomb Bombs. Think "Smells Like Teen Spirit" meets Pippi Longstocking.


Blogger essdawg said...

How do I join? I gotsta git me one o' those!

1/18/2006 01:54:00 PM  
Blogger MF said...

Not exactly "Prom Queen" material. However, I would like to know when tryouts will be held.

1/18/2006 02:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yikes! That's scary.

1/18/2006 02:09:00 PM  
Blogger sarahbellum said...

just great, now i have to find a new halloween costume.

1/18/2006 02:14:00 PM  
Anonymous Logan said...

They look like good candidates for the Jeffs family

1/18/2006 03:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

at least they are doing something

1/18/2006 10:36:00 PM  
Blogger Charley Foster said...

VH1 - the girls from the Smells Like Teen Spirit video...where are they now?

1/19/2006 08:29:00 AM  
Blogger MF said...

What exactly are they doing?

1/19/2006 12:48:00 PM  
Blogger Charley Foster said...

Political theater.
Performance art.

1/19/2006 07:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

(from Deanna of Pom Poms Not Bomb Bombs)
Thanks for posting about us, Ethan.
I am wondering if any of your readers have gone to our website, Pom Poms Not Bomb Bombs?
We are a group of very diverse individuals who decided to get our peace and justice messages out through cheerleading. We have been
featured in Salt Lake's CATALYST, have an appearance in the movie "This Divided State", and recently had our photo published in the Salt Lake Tribune.

Radical Cheerleading is an international movement, is fun and entertaining!

We appear in the St. Patrick's Day and Pride Day Parades (our favorite parade chant is "To the Left! To the Left! Not to the righ, To the Left!") and at all the rallies in town.

Here is a post about radical cheerleading that might possibly interest some of your readers.

Thanks again, Deanna

America's pompom girls go radical!
Is it just me, or has the cheerleading industry undergone a total P.R. makeover in the past few weeks? Last Thursday, Broadsheet's Lynn Harris pointed readers toward a huge feature in the Boston Globe

that named cheerleading "the most dangerous women's sport," because of the frequency of major injuries including head and spinal cord trauma. A flurry of worried segments on the morning TV circuit, including the "Today" show, soon followed.

Now, if there was any lingering doubt that America's pompom girls are powder puffs, a short profile in this week's Time Out New York should put it to rest. The article introduces Jen Nedbalsky, 26, a member of NYC Radical Cheerleaders, the local arm of a national group dedicated to "activism with pom poms and middle fingers extended." Nedbalsky, as it turns out, "was an actual pom-pom girl during her high-school years on Long Island," but now "she and fellow squad members bring their genial anarchy and short skirts to street actions and protests ... shaking and dancing while they shout slogans supporting reproductive rights and opposing the war in Iraq."

Feel like breaking out your old uniform for a good cause? The Radical Cheerleaders' Web site features an awesome selection of unorthodox cheers, written by members and arranged by category. There are enough girl-positive cheers, queer- and sex-positive cheers, environmental cheers and antiauthority cheers to satisfy any athletic anarchist. In these New Year's diet-crazed days, we took particular pleasure in this original:

Riot don't diet / Get up get out and try it / Riot don't diet/ Get up get out and try it / Hey girl (clap clap clap) / Get yer face out of that magazine / You are more than a beauty machine / You've got anger soul and more / Take to the street and let it roar!

So for everyone who didn't make the cut in high school, here's a second chance. As it says on the group's home page, "To be a Radical Cheerleader, you don't need to be an actor, a singer or a dancer -- you just have to want to yell!

1/20/2006 05:39:00 AM  

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