On July 5, in support of its annual Body Issue, ESPN.com posted a photo of UFC fighter Conor McGregor’s butt on its homepage. Here’s the butt:
NAKED BUTT BELOW!
IT’S A BUTT.
AND IT’S NAKED!!!!!!
OKAY, CONTINUE AT YOUR OWN RISK!
Not a bad butt, right ladies (and men)? Perhaps even a good butt! However, this butt was just too much for ESPN.com readers, many of whom emailed ESPN’s public editor Jim Brady to complain.
Jonathan Ling said the photo was “not appropriate fare for the opening page of a respectable website.” Eugene Moseley noted that “showing a nude picture that shows body parts that wouldn’t be acceptable to show in public” is “going well over the line.” And poor Bill Gilman, well, Bill Gilman simply said the butt was “unacceptable.”
Notice anything about those names? They’re all dudes. Weird. We wonder, would they have been so angry and disappointed in this respectable website if the butt had belonged to say, Lindsey Vonn? Sadly, we may never know the answer.
[Image: Mark Seliger for ESPN]