University of Washington cheerleading squad slammed for poster with body requirements

After a social media firestorm, the University of Washington cheerleading squad took down a poster with “do’s and don’ts” of how people should look for their upcoming tryouts.

Twitter and Facebook users called out the squad, saying the poster encourages body shaming and prioritizes appearance over ability with “body do’s” like being “physically fit” with an “athletic physique.” They also ask that potential cheerleaders wear just a sports bra and mid-rise black shorts, while telling them not to wear any tops “that cover the midriff” or high-waisted shorts.

In a statement, the University of Washington athletic department said they instructed the squad to take down the poster after realizing that it could be seen as offensive.

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