Erin Andrews Peephole Video Shown by Bill O'Reilly With Lame Excuse
Obviously folks have noticed that the "mainstream media" (as always, an outdated term, but necessary for this purpose) is showing the Erin Andrews peephole video. CBS did it a few days ago -- which we discussed with Newsday's Neil Best today -- in poor fashion. And then last night, Bill O'Reilly, conservative independent gentleman of leisure, decided to air the tape on his show so he could talk about people using the video to spread a computer virus. Of course he did.
The best part about this video, of course, is that it's the second example in the past week of a MAJOR NETWORK airing the video in order to "generate a buzz." A.k.a. "exactly what the blogosphere DIDN'T do with this video."
Look, it's tough enough to stomach the idea that creepjobs are walking around America filming people through peepholes in hotel rooms without having to see it exploited by people in the media; can't we all just stop talking about it altogether? Please? K. Thanks!
Why Do So Many People Want To Watch The Erin Andrews Nude Peephole Video
A hot, naked, blonde woman caught on tape. A lot of straight men don't need to hear anything more. Sold.
But what if we find out the video was filmed without the knowledge of the unwitting star? What if it's a super creepy invasion of privacy?
Same reaction, apparently. Yeah, the grossest part of this whole Erin Andrews story—the pretty, blonde ESPN sports reporter who was recorded naked in her hotel room through a peephole—isn't that some creep made a peeping Tom video. It's how so many people, knowing Andrews didn't consent to being filmed, still wanted to watch it.
In the past few days, I've read a bunch of comments on blog posts justifying the pervy cameraman because Andrews has a reputation for being sexy. (Or maybe it's just themselves—the viewers—they are justifying.) She used her sexuality, they say. She flaunted it, even!
It's 2009. How can people still be blaming the victim? Do they really believe different standards of privacy, respect and decency apply to Andrews just because she's a beautiful, sexy woman on TV? How can people who viewed the tape (before supposed links to the tape blasted them with a computer virus instead) not feel like they're violating her?
Maybe the problem is that they don't feel like they're violating Andrews. Jennie Yabroff, a blogger at Newsweek, asked why, with so much free porn available online, would people get excited over a grainy video of a naked woman whose identity wasn't 100% known until ESPN lawyers confirmed it recently. Her answer is especially prescient: violating privacy just isn't taboo anymore.
"...It's doubtful Andrews would have caused such a stir had she posed for the magazine. What's really provocative about the Andrews tape, what makes it good copy for Fox et al., is not that she's naked, but that she thinks she's alone.
Privacy, it seems, is the new nudity. This is why, when Jennifer Aniston poses topless for the cover of GQ magazine no one does more than shrug, but when paparazzi catch her sunbathing topless, its tabloid fodder for weeks…It's not so much a desire to see nudity as it is to see candor, to see what the person looks like when she's unaware she's being watched. It's the impulse behind "Stars: They're Just Like Us," and Gawker Stalker. It's voyeurism, pure and simple."
Or maybe Anna N. at Jezebel summed it up best when she wrote, "Internet viewers may be more excited about objectifying women [like Andrews] they haven't already objectified."
In Andrews' case, voyeurism meets sexism for a far creepier hybrid of awful than we could have imagined: She puts her hot body on TV like a slut, so it's fine if I treat her like one! Maybe ESPN will catch and punish the perv (rumored by Radaronline to be from their own ranks) who actually believed that nonsense enough to videotape the sportscaster without her knowledge. But I'm more worried about everybody else who was watching.
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Erin Andrews Privacy Invaded through "Peep" Hole
Let's be honest: We've all at least seen still shots of the Erin Andrews peephole camera debacle.
Sports betting fanatics took time away from their daily investigation of betting odds to finally get a glimpse at something they were probably curious about for the past four years, seeing Erin Andrews undressed.
However, as amusing as it may be for the testosterone-filled fans out there, the issue raises even bigger questions. Have we gone too far with investigative journalism, and how far is too far when it comes to unedited internet media sites?
Let's back up. Obviously, the man (or woman?) with the camera stuck in the hotel peep hole of Ms. Andrews' door is the first individual to blame. However, recent reports have stated that the video has been in existence for many months, floating around various adult websites under an anonymous name not mentioning Andrews. This means that there is a site out there which either stumbled upon or actively sought out this piece of footage, and chose to post it knowing not only the legal consequences it could face, but the harm done to Erin Andrews herself.
It's a scenario we've all thought about, surely: What if there was a video of my attractive co-worker floating around--would I watch it? Well, such is the situation employees at ESPN in Bristol are in, and unfortunately, many of those have probably answered "yes" to that query. How in the world can Erin Andrews ever walk through those hallways again?
For years, the world of sports journalism was void of silly stunts such as this one, and tabloid reporting in general. Athletes with off-field problems, such as Mickey Mantle and countless others, were left alone. Now, anyone even vaguely involved in the world of sports is constantly under a microscope--even our sideline reporters.
Pompous journalists like to declare that there are no heros in the world of sports anymore, but the reasoning behind that can be traced right back to the very scribe who makes that declaration. Sometimes, things don't need to be reported. There are times when ignorance is bliss, and when it comes to the privacy and home life of athletes and those involved in the sport, that certainly rings true. They are not politicians--their morals and other elements are not necessary knowledge for the public. And certainly, neither is now they look without clothing.
CBS Airs Erin Andrews Peep Video
CBS Airs Erin Andrews Peep Video
It looks as though the Peeping Tom incident is not going to go away any time soon for ESPN reporter Erin Andrews. She was reportedly videotaped, without her even knowing that she was apparently being watched, whilst naked in a hotel room.
And then, recent reports have suggested that it could well be someone that knew Erin's work schedule and was traveling with her at the time. But now according to examiner, Fox and Friends have reportedly aired numerous pictures from the video.
But what's more is CBS' "The Early Show," supposedly showed several seconds of the videotape, although they did blur over body parts. Fox and Friends described the person who took the videotape as creepy, but is it right that they show these images?
Erin Andrews peephole video likely shot by fellow ESPN employee: report
The nude video of ESPN reporter Erin Andrews may have been shot by a co-worker, a source tells Radaronline
* Erin Andrews videotape highlights struggle for women sports reporters
* A lesson in karma for thousands of voyeurs
She may have been burned by one of her own.
The shocking nude peephole video of ESPN reporter Erin Andrews was most likely shot by a fellow ESPN employee, Radaronline reports.
The video shows Andrews stark naked in her hotel room. Her lawyers insist the video was made without Andrews' knowledge, and she was "in the privacy of her hotel room," Radaronline reports.
The scandal erupted when the video was posted to the French Web site Dailymotion. Radar reports that the video was uploaded by a user named Goblazers1 who has been identified as a 49-year-old American male.
ESPN is infuriated, and has vowed to find the person who created the video.
"Andrews has been grievously wronged here. Our people and resources are in full support of her as she deals with this abhorrent act," Josh Krulewitz, a spokesman for ESPN told Radaronline.