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Thursday, December 20, 2012

From Olympian to Escort

UPDATENYT picks up the story tonight, leading with Hamilton claiming she got into this because of "depression."  Concludes: “I’m owning up to what I did,” Favor Hamilton said. “I would not blame anybody except myself. Everybody in this world makes mistakes. I made a huge mistake. Huge.”

Earlier:  Don't link to The Smoking Gun often here, but their scoop today on former three-time U.S. Olympian Suzy Favor Hamilton admitting to a new career as a Las Vegas escort/call girl brought back a couple of memories (no, not involving hookers). 

Hamilton is known (until now) to some for intentionally falling on the track at the 2000 Olympics when it was clear she was not going to win the 1500 finals.  But I recall her more vividly as the young woman in one of the most horrid and controversial commercials ever shown on U.S. television.  The Nike spot, a dozen years ago, showed her being chased out of her house in the dark woods-- stripped to her bra--by a maniac with a chain saw.  Running through the woods, she finally outdistances him thanks to her Nikes.  Protests centered on exploitation of violence against women (especially one half-naked) and it was soon pulled.  Watch if you can handle it:

1 comment:

Anthony said...

What was so horrible about that commercial. Holly cliche is that a yung pretty girl in the woods is set upon by a killer and either needs some strong youn gman to save her, or, more likely, gets killed. Here, a strong young woman turns that on its head by saving herself.

The school marms are winning.