Bay Area comedienne and former Raiderette Angelah Johnson is loyal to her old ‘colors’ –- black and silver.
When 99.7 [NOW!]’s Fernando and Greg asked the San Jose native about the lawsuit filed by the cheerleading squad against the Raiders, she said it’s like messing with a gang.
“You get jumped in, you get jumped out,” said Johnson. “I got jumped out… but in the barrio, when you turn your back on the gang, you get stitches.”
Stitches? As in cut?
Johnson has definitely kept us in stitches as Bon Qui Qui on MADtv, but in 2002 she joined the Raiderettes and was named Rookie of the Year. She even performed at Super Bowl XXXVII.
The lawsuit, filed in Alameda County Superior Court on behalf of current and former Raiderettes, charges the NFL team with wage theft and unfair employment practices. It claims the women get $1250 per season which works out to about $5 an hour for rehearsals and performances.
“We all know when we sign up we’re gonna get paid peanuts, it’s more of a hobby,” said Johnson. “I don’t get paid for crocheting for my little critters, I don’t get paid for being a Raiderette.”
As for the fines the lawsuit claims are deducted from the cheerleaders’ pay when they bring the wrong pom-poms to practice, or all that cash they have to spend on hair and makeup, Johnson agrees the organization is strict.
“You have to look a certain way, there are weight checks, but that’s how they keep the Raiderettes so glamorous,” she the 31-year-old. “It’s an honor to be… one of those girls.”
Still, if the class-action suit wants to give her $100K in back pay… would she take the cash?
“I’ll go tell them jump!”