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Erin Andrews Gets Slut-Shamed By Gossip Reporter

Quick, wash your hands! Elisabeth Hasselbeck‘s asshat-ery is contagious: Joanna Molloy, a gossip columnist for The New York Daily News, sounded a lot like Hasselbeck in a column yesterday when she accused Erin Andrews of “want[ing] it both ways” by working as an ESPN reporter and appearing on “Dancing with the Stars” in skimpy dance outfits. Does she want to be “eye candy” on the NFL sidelines or does she want to be a serious journalist like Christiane Amanpour, who Molloy tells us would never be caught dead dancing around a bed in a “lacy black number” like Andrews did on Monday night?

What Molloy is really saying about “want[ing] it both ways” is that Andrews wants to be a virgin/Peeping Tom victim and a body-baring whore who is just asking for attention.A little background: last year, Andrews was filmed naked through a peephole by a creep who posted the videos on the internet. The Peeping Tom, a 47-year-old insurance agent, has since been sentenced to prison time. But rather than having compassion for her ordeal, catty media bitches are criticizing Andrews and her blond eye-candy reputation. Surely you remember when chronic foot-in-mouth-er Hasselbeck made a tacky comment about Andrews’ dance outfits on the show:

“For the past like three weeks [Erin Andrews'] been wearing like next to nothing. I think in light of what happened … and as inexcusable as it was for that horrific guy to go in and try to peep on her in her hotel room … in some way, if I’m him, I’m like, ‘Man, I could have just waited 12 weeks … I could have seen this, a little bit less, without the prison time.’”

Molloy calls Hasselbeck’s comment “inane” but goes ahead and patronizes in the same vein. Andrews is a “journalistic lightweight” for the sole reason that we’ve seen her navel on national TV, apparently. Molloy describes Andrews’ “Dancing with the Stars” outfits one by one — “lacy black number,” “gold lamé corset,” “sequined bikini and ruffled skirt” — and says Rachel Maddow or Katie Couric wouldn’t be caught dead in those outfits.

Andrews had a reputation beforehand of dressing somewhat provocatively while reporting on the sidelines at games and, Molloy reminds us, she was twice voted America’s Sexiest Sportscaster by Playboy and has posed numerous times in men’s magazine. “She sought celebrity,” we are told after reading a laundry list of her slutty “Dancing with the Stars” outfits. Translation: no wonder some guy filmed her naked. What a tease!

If Molloy had couched her argument in whether it’s appropriate for journalists in general to appear on TV shows, she might have had a valid argument (except for the fact that Maddow and Couric are hard-news journalists and, no offense, Andrews is not professionally in their league at all). But no, her argument centers on what Andrews was wearing — Molloy says that Andrews “may have single-handedly re-set the limbo bar for what’s appropriate for female journalists to wear.” Also, wasn’t Tucker Carlson, also a journalist, on a past season of “DWTS”? Carlson didn’t wear a “gold lamé corset,” of course, but I don’t recall that he was accused of “re-set[ting] the limbo bar” for male journalists.

There’s a time and a place for slutty dancing costumes, Joanna Molloy. “Dancing with the Stars” is that place. Just because Erin Andrews was filmed nude by a Peeping Tom doesn’t mean she’s contractually obligated for the rest of her career to dress demurely forevermore to preserve her modesty or to guarantee she is treated with dignity. She’s allowed to appear on TV in a dancing costume if she wants without her journalistic credentials writ large being called into question.

Sisterhood: you’re doing it wrong. [New York Daily News]

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