In Philadelphia, the dead week between the end of the NFL playoffs and the Super Bowl needed something. And for the past twenty-three years that “something” has been Wing Bowl — a beer-infused, debauchery-laden ode to sports and gluttony housed in an arena that one poignant Twitter user called, “the misogyny thunderdome.”
The point of Wing Bowl is supposed to be competitive chicken wing eating with a charity component, but it’s turned into a disgusting display of treating women like shit instead of the human begins they are so male attendees can “let off steam” and “have a good time.” Wing Bowl includes a jumbotron named the Can-Cam where, you guessed it, there are bare breasts, homemade “slut” signs, beer that flows like the Niagara, cat-calling, girls with low self-esteem participating, and that’s all before 8 am.
Philadelphia may be one city and Wing Bowl one event, but it’s endemic of a bigger issue: it’s not what you say (or how many ads you show in the Super Bowl) – it’s actions that count.
From far away, everything looks tip top at Wing Bowl 23:
— dw (@Clarke_Kent9) January 30, 2015
Then, we get up close and BAM:
Let’s take a closer look at that jumbotron:
— Charlie Warzel (@cwarzel) January 30, 2013
Because it’s the “liveblood [sic]” of the event…
Which is made abundantly clear on t-shirts for hugging Mom…
…And the long lines that develop at the strip club.
Everywhere else is a bathroom:
Yes, this is video of a guy walking and pissing at the same time. #wingbowl A video posted by Joshua Scott Albert (@jpegjoshua) on
And, if the jumbotron wasn’t obvious enough, there’s the elevator pitch!
Sidebar: I knew those Moby records weren’t selling…
Wing Bowl is passionate about misogyny AND hating Chris Christie!
And campaigning for Hillary…
And its own version of feminism!
If Wing Bowl is any indication, misogyny is alive and all too well, and it’s going to take more than ads and pink gloves to change it.