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UW cheerleaders under fire for 'tryout look' pic

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A photo posted on the Facebook page of the University of Washington cheer and dance team Monday has led to a backlash and the picture being pulled.

According to the Seattle Times, the image, an infographic outlining how women trying out for the squad should or shouldn’t have their hair, makeup, clothes and body, led to almost immediate negative comments, and was taken down by 9:00 a.m. Tuesday.

Other schools, including in-state rival Washington State, have posted similar infographic guides.

A Facebook post by the Associated Students of the University of Washington, the school’s undergraduate student government, noted that the image "does not reflect the values of the University of Washington," and said it "completely objectifies women."

The image is also being questioned on sites like ESPN.com and SportingNews.com, which called the picture "everything that's wrong with cheerleading."

The university issued a statement Tuesday.

In response to a high volume of student questions about cheer and dance team tryouts, a member of the UW spirit leadership team created a graphic aimed at providing interested students information in preparation for the tryouts.

The graphic was removed immediately, after a UW athletic department official saw it and determined that some of the details and descriptions provided were inconsistent with the values of the UW spirit program and department of athletics.

Athletic department officials have reinforced the values of the programs to UW spirit leadership, and look forward to an equitable and diverse tryout process for interested students.

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