Little league parents are something of a phenomenon in the United States, as thousands of adults live vicariously through their children’s athletic accomplishments. This is normally done in a very vocal, and sometimes, physical manner as the adults ensure no one interferes with their child’s progression as a blossoming sports star.
Normally, or at least until the Internet took over, most of the stories related to the parent/child athlete dynamic appeared in local newspapers or, perhaps, even a national publication like Sports Illustrated when an incident warrants such coverage. But now, thanks to the power of social media, oftentimes, we get an up close and personal look at this kind of parent/child behavior, and it’s normally not the prettiest thing to see.
Take, for instance, the video of the cheerleader mom that’s currently blowing up on a viral level. What we have is video footage of a cheerleader mom who is completely and utterly absorbed by her daughter’s team’s performance, complete with a tendency to stomp her feet when she’s trying to emphasize her support.
The video in question, which can be found here, for those out there who are seeking credit for filming someone without that person’s knowledge:
Much like the second most popular comment hinted at, you get the feeling the mother in the video didn’t have much success at her cheerleading career, and so, she’s pushing her daughter’s team as hard as she can. Well, as much as an observer can push a team from the stands, I guess. It’s either that or she used to be a cheerleader coach and she’s just doing what comes naturally.
While I’m poking fun at the mother’s overzealousness, the video uploader deserves some scorn here as well. Apparently, when the video was first uploaded four days ago, the embed function was disabled, and so, people started posting their own versions based on the original video. Apparently, that upset the user who uploaded the video, and so, they wrote this little disclaimer on the YouTube page:
********** THIS IS THE ORIGINAL VIDEO SHOT AND UPLOADED BY MYSELF. DON’T BE FOOLED BY IMITATIONS!**********IF YOU ARE GOING TO POST THIS IN YOUR BLOG OR ELSEWHERE, PLEASE GIVE ME CREDIT. THANKS FOR LOOKING!**********
I’m curious if he gave credit to the person cheering on the performance, or if he filmed the video without her consent. Furthermore, I wonder how she’d feel if she knew the uploader’s intentions when she was being filmed. That is, to make fun of her. Did the person complaining about not receiving credit for their YouTube video ask the lady’s permission before he started filming her? Furthermore, did he tell her the video would be used to poke fun at her and other sports parents?
If not, perhaps the video uploader should just be quiet and enjoy the ride while his video pops.
As for the mom/fan/observer in question, perhaps she should relax a little bit and let the youngsters enjoy the competition.