- Posted: 6:35 PM, August 11, 2012
A video NBC put on its Olympics page to honor female athletes in the London Games has since been removed for objectifying physically the very competitors they were hoping to honor, according to a report by the Huffingtin Post.
The video, with the unfortunate title “Bodies in Motion,” shows slow-motion clips of scantily, attractive female athletes from the Olympics, most of them in compromising positions. It’s set to a jazz riff that is reminiscent to porn music and has drawn a backlash from places like Jezebel and ThinkProgress. The video focuses on the athletes’ breasts, butts and midriffs.
“Where are the women's boxing highlight reels?” Jezebel’s Erin Gloria Ryan writes. “What about women's weight lifting? What about any sport that doesn't bare midriffs, décolletage, ass cheek bottoms? Was the network having a contest to see which video producer could patch together the most embarrassingly juvenile highlight reel?”
Added ThinkProgress’ Alyssa Rosenberg: “It’s an error of editorial judgement, packaging women doing their jobs, which happen to be entertaining, as if they’re eye candy. As NBC reassesses its coverage in preparation for the next games, ‘Bodies in Motion’ should be a prime example of where the network’s judgement failed.”
These Olympics have been marked by women’s achievements – from the “Fierce Five” U.S. gymnastics team winning gold to Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jenning earned their third straight title to swimmers like Missy Franklin and runners like Allyson Felix taking home multiple gold medals.