We have a quick piece of advice to all college basketball band members. Stop crying on national TV. We appreciate your team spirit, but your on-air meltdowns inject sadness into the most uplifting and entertaining sports tournament in the world. And, it makes you look really bad.
Toward the end of Indiana’s impressive upset of Kentucky, CBS found a crying member of the Kentucky band and aimed their cameras at her face. All of their cameras.
Closeups of her tears and saxophone smashed into her nose seemed to last for minutes. Then, after returning from a commercial break, the heartless program directors at CBS must’ve screamed, “More crying girl shots!”—because the cameras once again zoomed in on the waterworks. This time from a different angle. The saxophone was gone, thankfully.
See below for both ruthless camera shots. We hope Crying Kentucky Band Girl has safely returned to Lexington, where she is doubtless now a celebrity, and has begun the long journey back to emotional equilibrium.
Memo to CBS: please stop exploiting the tears of sad college kids. Actually, on second thought, keep it up. It makes for really good TV.