Gloria Allred Hosts Bizarre Press Conference with Little Girls and Lewd Gestures

Gloria Allred Hosts Bizarre Press Conference with Little Girls and Lewd Gestures

Gloria Allred Hosts Bizarre Press Conference with Little Girls and Lewd Gestures

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April 28 2011 10:57 AM

Gloria Allred Hosts Bizarre Press Conference with Little Girls and Lewd Gestures

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In a New York Times profile of Gloria Allred from last year , the lawyer was described as either "a feminist avenging crusader or a deluxe ambulance chaser catching a ride on the latest tabloid scandal," depending on one's perspective. It would be tough for anyone to see her most recent foray into the spotlight- representing a family with two nine-year-old girls who were heckled with rude gay slurs by Atlanta Braves coach Roger McDowell -as anything but a bizarre and cynical move for attention on Allred's part.

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To recap: At a Giants game in San Francisco, McDowell allegedly said something homophobic in front of the little girls and their parents and then simulated sex with a baseball bat and his hand. In a press conference, Allred demanded an apology on behalf of the family . Of course McDowell should apologize for his awful behavior (which he did: ""I am deeply sorry that I responded to the heckling fans in San Francisco on Saturday. I apologize to everyone for my actions.") But why did this family need a tabloid lawyer to hold a press conference to get this apology? And furthermore: Why did the little girls who were heckled need to be present at said press conference? And one more thing: Why did Gloria Allred also simulate sex with a baseball bat in front of the little girls in front of an audience???

You can watch all of Allred's shenanigans by clicking here . I'm no child expert, but somehow it seems like watching some weird lady pretend that a baseball bat is a penis in front of a bunch of reporters is more scarring than the initial heckling by McDowell ever could have been.

Photograph of Attorney Gloria Allred by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images.