Media Bias Unveiled: "Dirty Debutantes" Controversy Roils Women's Basketball

Media Bias Unveiled: "Dirty Debutantes" Controversy Roils Women's Basketball
Media Bias Unveiled: "Dirty Debutantes" Controversy Roils Women's Basketball

A column in the Los Angeles Times sparked controversy and drew the ire of LSU women's basketball coach Kim Mulkey, who condemned it as "sexist." The column, written by Ben Bolch, characterized the LSU team as "dirty debutantes" and "villains," while portraying the UCLA Bruins as "milk and cookies."

Mulkey vehemently criticized the article, stating that it was offensive to young athletes. She questioned the use of the term "dirty debutantes" and accused the reporter of exhibiting a sexist bias by referring to UCLA as "milk and cookies."

The Los Angeles Times subsequently updated the column, removing the offending phrases. However, the headline still retained the term "villains." Mulkey acknowledged the update but expressed disappointment that the newspaper had not contacted her directly.

The incident highlights the ongoing debate surrounding media coverage of women in sports. Critics argue that female athletes are often subjected to unfair scrutiny and objectification, while their male counterparts are treated with more respect.

Mulkey's outspoken criticism of the column aligns with her past stance on media portrayals. She has previously threatened to sue the Washington Post over a profile piece that she fea

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