When life hands you lemons, or in this case, a public live TV shaming for taking a selfie, you respond SELFlessly.
That was exactly what the sisters of Arizona's Alpha Chi Omega sorority did after Arizona Diamondbacks TV announcers zeroed in on a group of the girls at the game against the Rockies using their phones and snapping selfies. It's pretty typically behavior given that almost everyone has a smartphone these days, but announcers Bob Brenly and Steve Bertiaume decided that these girls' behavior was particular noteworthy.
According to AZCentral, Fox Sports Arizona and the Diamondbacks reached out to the sorority Thursday afternoon to apologize and offered them free tickets to the game that night. But the girls had a better idea.
They turned down the offer, but instead requested that the two organizations provide tickets for a future game to the families of A New Leaf, a nonprofit that supports families who have experienced domestic violence. The timing of their viral shaming and the beginning of Domestic Violence Awareness month — their sorority's philanthropy — couldn't have lined up better.
They posted their response to their chapter's Facebook page Thursday evening:
"Alpha Chi Omega at Arizona State University would like to thank the Arizona Diamondbacks and Fox Sports for reaching out to the chapter after last night's game and subsequent media frenzy. We appreciate their generous offer of tickets to tonight's game. However, instead of chapter members attending the game, we have asked the Diamondbacks and Fox Sports to provide tickets to a future game for families at A New Leaf, a local non-profit that helps support victims of domestic violence.
Today, October 1, marks the beginning of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. If everyone who viewed this statement took the time to make a donation in recognition of domestic violence awareness, which is Alpha Chi Omega's national philanthropy, we would be so grateful! We are happy to have the opportunity to shed some positive light on such a sensitive subject. All proceeds will go directly to A New Leaf to help struggling Arizona families get back on their feet by providing housing, food, childcare and more. You can donate using the link below. We appreciate your support!"
It has since racked up over 400 shares and 2,000 likes.
They also included in their post a link to a page where anyone can donate to the cause.
As for the announcers, they've yet to issue anything resembling an apology on social media yet, but Steve Berthiaume apparently had time to mock the selfie-takers afterwards.
The jabs at the girls may have been all in good fun, but they further stereotype women who like sports as just being there for show. Newsflash: Women can care about baseball and take a selfie.
Writer Nicole Haase put it perfectly:
"Every female sports fan has 100's of stories to tell about some douche who stopped us in a bar or stadium and tried to get us to 'prove' the strength of our fandom by naming players or teams or stats," she said. "And if I'm going to raise hell about why it's bullshit that just because I'm a woman I have to somehow prove my fandom to a guy, then I certainly can't sit around doing the same thing to other women."
"Those women were there having a good time. They and 18,000 other poor souls watched two mediocre teams play a mediocre game of baseball. How or why they enjoyed it is really none of my business or concern." she said.
It's clear who the ones with class are here.
Way to go, ladies!