By today’s red carpet standard of barely-there naked dresses, Ciara’s gown at the College Football Playoff Championship on Monday night was pretty tame – but that’s not the way one sports reporter saw it.
The 31-year-old singer was at the game to sing the National Anthem, dressed in a caped, floor-length Yousef Aljasmi gown with a plunging sheer panel over her chest.
The sexy dress certainly smoldered, but Campus Insider journalist Bonnie Bernstein, 45, took particular issue with it, tweeting: ‘Dear Ciara. You’re stunning. But this is a National Championship Game. Kids are watching. Cover up.’
The fashion: Ciara wore a beaded Yousef Aljasmi gown while singing the National Anthem at the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship Game on Monday
Harlot! Campus Insider journalist Bonnie Bernstein took use with the gown because it revealed Ciara’s cleavage under a sheer inset
Her virgin eyes! The 45-year-old said Ciara should cover up because ‘kids are watching’
Though the gown reveals some of the star’s incredible body – namely her cleavage, which is still partially covered up by a sheer mesh fabric – her shoulders, stomach, and legs are all covered.
Still, that bit of skin seemed to upset Bonnie’s sensibilities, as the vice president of Content and Brand Development fired off the critical tweet at 9:30pm during the game.
Immediately, however, fans and feminists came to Ciara’s defense, pointing out that her dress is hardly revealing compared to many other outfits seen in the media these days.
‘How dare she partially reveal her body when children are preparing to watch 21-year-olds destroy each other for no money!’ Jesse Kennemer replied sarcastically.
Showing some skin: Bonnie didn’t say anything about the Alabama Crimson Tide cheerleaders, whose uniforms are fairly skimpy
Double standard: The Clemson Tigers cheerleaders also revealed their midriffs and upper thighs, which Bonnie seems to have found less scandalous that Ciara’s cleavage
Say what? Many people have criticized Bonnie for getting up in arms about cleavage at a football game
Not cool: Some shared gifs and images to express their lack of patience with Bonnie’s statement
Others shared funny photos and GIFs expressing confused and incredulous reactions.
‘Those same kids are also watching beer commercials, drug commercials, and cheerleaders on the screen. Bye Felicia,’ wrote another.
In fact, several people compared Ciara’s gown to the uniforms worn by the cheerleaders on the two competing teams, remarking that the cheerleaders were all showing considerably more skin.
The Alabama Crimson Tide cheer squad’s uniforms consisted of sparkly red hot pants and rhinestone-encrusted crop tops – which revealed both tummy and cleavage.
The Clemson Tigers squad also wore belly-baring crop tops, as well as tiny skirts that hit just below their bottoms.
Do your own parenting: One said that kids who are too young to see cleavage shouldn’t be up late enough to watch the game, anyway
Not fans: Most chimed in to say that Ciara looked great and Bonnie’s criticism was unfounded
Cop out: Bonnie insisted that her comment wasn’t anything to get upset over, and in fact included a compliment – though she failed to mention that it was a backhanded compliment
Bonnie, though, didn’t voice an objection to those uniforms, instead zeroing in on what Ciara wore on stage.
‘COVER YOUR EYES! You can’t handle Alabama’s cheerleaders if you can’t handle Ciara’s gown!’ another person replied to Bonnie’s tweet.
Some even criticized Bonnie for ‘policing’ a black woman’s body, when she had nothing to say about the cheerleaders – who are mostly white.
Later, Bonnie responded to those who disagreed with her. She reminded people that her initial tweet included a compliment, though she failed to admit that it was a backhanded compliment – as any one that comes with a criticism or insult attached is.
She tweeted: ‘Truly am amazed at how people take a tweet (that includes a compliment!) & wanna make it about race. Seriously. Grow up. Watch the game.’