As the College Football Playoff Championship game kicked off on Monday night, American singer Ciara sang the national anthem. Her brilliant voice engulfed the stadium as the audience anxiously waited for the game to begin.
Everything was going really well until Bonnie Bernstein, an accomplished sports journalist, decided to call out the singer for her dress, stating that she apparently needed to “cover up” since kids were watching the game.
Dear Ciara. You're stunning. But this is a National Championship Game. Kids are watching. Cover up.— Bonnie Bernstein (@BonnieBernstein) January 12, 2016
Jason Whitlock from Fox Sports 1 even supported her and said that the revealing portion of the dress was equivalent to “nudity.”
Appropriate, fair tweet. The dress was inappropriate. Her voice was more than enough. Why distract w/nudity? https://t.co/Fv93ioO7TM— Jason Whitlock (@WhitlockJason) January 12, 2016
Bernstein, facing criticism for her tweet, doubled down, writing that her comments about Ciara were OK since she had included a compliment.
Truly am amazed at how people take a tweet (that includes a compliment!) & wanna make it about race. Seriously. Grow up. Watch the game.— Bonnie Bernstein (@BonnieBernstein) January 12, 2016
However, people weren’t convinced as they went on to say that journalist’s comments were actually racist.
Some on Twitter even went on to say that if Ciara’s dress was a problem, then people shouldn’t watch sports with cheerleaders and beer ads.
If Ciara's dress bothered you to the point where you feel it's inappropriate, maybe don't watch a sport with cheerleaders & beer ads?— Josh Webb (Twist) (@FightOnTwist) January 13, 2016
I am not sure why Ciara's dress is bothering so many people. Did those some people even watch the Golden Globes?— Josh Webb (Twist) (@FightOnTwist) January 13, 2016
N-O-T-H-I-N-G was wrong with @ciara 's dress. Absolutely nothing. And she looked stunning as always so whatevz.— Zxee? (@sashazxee) January 13, 2016
It is rather ironic that when the Kardashians and other celebrities turn up at the Oscars and Golden Globes wearing some of the skimpiest dresses, everyone is OK with it, but TV personalities like Bernstein miss no chance of making an issue of things that don’t even exist.