Tim Tebow, 25-year-old quarterback to the New York Jets, is not regularly on my radar. I’m not a huge sports person besides soccer (blame the Peruvian in me) and looking at the outfits during the Winter Olympics’ figure skating routines. However, Tebow recently made comments in Vogue regarding his taste in women, including one quality in particular that I don’t understand.
Tebow said: “Obviously looks play a big part. Being attracted to someone plays a big part, but there’s also so much more than that for me. It’s about finding someone sweet and kind — and that has a servant’s heart.”
“A servant’s heart” sounds like he wants somebody there who’s devoted entirely on taking care of him and that sounds rather bizarre unless he means it in some BDSM way (in which case it’s still a little bizarre, but not quite as sexist sounding). Unfortunately, saying “looks play a big part” and following that up with servitude sends the message — intentional or not — that he’s looking for a super hot woman to do whatever he wants. Intelligence isn’t mentioned, nor is talent, poise, humor, ambition, being a good conversationalist or anything else that regularly associated with being a strong female. Of course sweetness and kindness are wonderful qualities and are by no means not important; I just find it somewhat depressing that it sounds like he wants a really attractive servant as a partner. It also doesn’t mention anything about serving the female himself, so it all sounds quite one-sided.
I’m sure there are plenty of Tebow fans out there, so defend away! This is just my own personal irk regarding Timmy’s comments (particularly considering it was to a women’s magazine). We often hold celebrities’ actions (such as Rihanna) as examples for their fans, so this may influence his in some way, including many female fans who will read his comments and may allow those words to influence them into being more “serving” at heart because they believe a man will like them better if they’re serving him. Or perhaps young male fans who will read it and think that if their role model prefers women to serve him, they should, too. We have to keep in mind that celebrities often do influence people, especially young ones, and their opinions. Either way, I’m not a fan. Sorry Teebs!
Lovelies, what do you think about Tim Tebow’s words in Vogue?