When is it OK to dress like a cheerleader at an NBA game? Apparently, only when you’re actually cheering.
A Philadelphia model named Shaliah Rismay says she was discriminated against for wearing stockings, a leotard with a picture of Mickey Mouse on the front, and a leather jacket to a Philadelphia 76ers game against the Chicago Bulls last week.
Before entering the venue, she was stopped and told by security guards that she would have to buy a hoodie from the team store. “They stopped us and said I couldn’t even go past the metal detectors and I couldn’t wear what I’m wearing,” Rismay told Philadelphia TV station NBC 10. “They were saying I looked like a slut and stuff like that.”
So @sixers what wrong with my #muse dressing like a #cheerleader to the #game ? ???? you made me buy a #hoodie from #giftshop to #cover !!! #smfh #fashionpolice #callinglawyers #discrimination pic.twitter.com/xku57mi7nz
— Reuben Harley (@BigRubeHarley) October 19, 2018
Her friend Reuben Harley, a prominent photographer in the Philly area, posted on social media about the incident — including a photo of Rismay posing with the 76ers cheerleaders who are dressed in similar outfits. “What happened here was straight discrimination,” Harley told NBC 10. He also showed the news channel video he shot of Rismay being confronted by security guards. “That was utterly embarrassing to have 15 men surround her so nobody else could see her. This happened at the tip-off. We didn’t get in the game till half time.” Rismay eventually purchased a large Sixers sweatshirt and covered up, a photo Big Rube posted on Twitter shows.
He also was flabbergasted by the apparent double standard applied to the cheerleaders and a fan in the stands. “The same thing, a leotard and some pantyhose,” Big Rube said. “What’s the problem? If a celebrity can do it, if the Sixers dancers can do it, why not just the regular fan?”
So was this a case of policing women’s bodies, or a marketing stunt for a little publicity? The venue and the basketball team are taking a backseat in the conversation. “The Wells Fargo Center does not have an official dress code, but reserves the right to make decisions regarding access to the facility on a case-by-case basis,” said a spokesperson for the venue. In this case, her outfit was denied. Rismay now said she wants an apology for the wardrobe controversy and Big Rube said he may get his lawyers involved.
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