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Why Are So Many Creeps Drawn to Erin Andrews?

by Joel Keller, posted Apr 5th 2010 7:28PM
Erin Andrews on 'Dancing With The Stars'There are plenty of attractive women on TV. Hundreds, in fact. But it seems that, through no actions of their own, some of those women get more undue attention than others. Currently, Ivanka Trump, Kathryn Erbe and Audrina Patridge are all dealing with their own stalker issues, and I'm sure there are more that we're not hearing about publicly.

But these cases, as scary as they are, feel like small potatoes compared to what's happening with ESPN's Erin Andrews, who is also currently a contestant on 'Dancing With The Stars.' An advanced kind of creep seems to be drawn to her.

Last week, just after the creep who took video of her changing through a hotel peephole last summer was sentenced to two and a half years in prison, we're now hearing that since September, Andrews has been receiving death threats that have been e-mailed into 'The Dan Patrick Show' on DirecTV. The threats were at first sexual in nature, according to the AP, but soon turned threatening. The threats have also mentioned the pervert who got caught for the peephole videos.

These idiots seem to be going to more extremes than usual to try to affect Andrews. It's not just sending creepy photos or showing up wherever the person happens to be appearing, or even standing in their rosebushes. The peephole perv actually premeditated things to the point where he found out where she was staying and what room she was in. The e-mail creep is taking the time to send repeated e-mails to a show she doesn't even regularly appear on, knowing that Patrick and Andrews used to work together at ESPN.

What is it about Andrews that draws so many sleazebags to her? This goes beyond looks, because, as I've said before, there are many women on TV that are as attractive, and are on screen much more, than she is. It makes me wonder if what she does for a living is a part of why she's become such a target.

Sure, she's had her dalliances with inappropriateness on her job, more so than some of her sideline reporting colleagues, but those incidents were relatively minor. For the most part, she's been nothing but a pro. And we haven't heard about this happening with other women in the sportscasting business, at least not in such a public fashion; Jillian Reynolds herself told me that this never happened in her ten years of working on FOX's NFL pregame show. But then again, no female sportscaster has been as examined and written about as much as Andrews has.

As much as sports fans may think that they're cooler than sci fi and comics fans, believe me: they're not. They have the potential to be just as obsessive and weird as the sci fi and comics guys can be. Just listen to sports talk radio for any length of time and you'll agree. The movie 'Big Fan' might be a little exaggerated in its depiction of obsessive fans, but it's not exaggerated by much.

So there's Andrews, interviewing college and pro players and coaches on the sidelines, doing a fun job that a lot of these obsessives probably think they can do themselves. So jealousy creeps in. Add to that the fact that, before the peephole incident, the blogosphere posted pictures of her every time she moved, fueling the obsessives even more.

For Andrews' part, she's gotten herself more protection and is determined to continue on 'DWTS.' Hopefully, she'll be able to get past this scary phase of her career and go on to a happy and productive life, both in work and personal areas. After the last couple of years, she deserves at least that much.

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Matthew Hawkins

Surely every celebrity has creepy stalker issues, they're called paparazzi...

April 06 2010 at 5:38 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Jennifer

Pretty much. Hot famous women get stalked constantly. And Dave Letterman, but god knows why there.

I have read that the fact that we see famous people all the time (on our TV's every week, etc.) makes us feel like we know them, and evolutionarily we're not built to deal with that not being a reciprocal feeling. We feel like we know them AND THEY SHOULD KNOW US TOO, DARN IT!

...Plus, y'know, some people are just crazy.

April 07 2010 at 6:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
RevJonathan

She's definitely hotter than average, but frankly I've never found her to be a very good reporter. Don't really see why she's so special.

Besides, she's a Florida grad, so she's already a drain on society.

April 05 2010 at 11:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Deezul

It's because she's a woman who doing what has usually been the domain of men. And if she didn't get her job partially for her looks, then there would be a HELL of a lot more women sports reporters than not. Two words - Sex sells.

Barbara Starr, the CNN Pentagon correspondent, is a great reporter. But if you had to look at her or Erin Andrews, who do you think guys are going to turn to? No offense to Barbara Starr or her fans, but I don't think I'm saying anything anyone with half a brain doesn't know.

April 05 2010 at 9:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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khia213

Perhaps I only have half a brain, but when watching the news, what the reporter looks like has nothing to do with my decision to watch them. Content and reporting ability does. Could just be that half a brain thing.

April 05 2010 at 9:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Luis Palacios

Where people say "Sex Sells" I highly doubt it mean both men and women.

Women Sells

April 06 2010 at 9:46 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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