In only one day, a school went from having a stallion as their mascot, to taking it out back and killing it. All because some people felt it was "sexist."
According to WKYT, Kentucky's Fayette County school unveiled the mascot on Monday last week. Immediately afterwards, the mascot faced backlash.
One petition to change the mascot on left-wing site Change.org whined, “This is inappropriate and sexist when you consider the definition from "YourDictionary" ...'The definition of a stallion is a male horse that has not been castrated, used for breeding or is slang for a powerful and virile man who has a lot of lovers" and from Wikipedia..."because of their instincts as herd animals, they may be prone to aggressive behavior, particularly toward other stallions, and thus require careful management by knowledgeable handlers. However, with proper training and management, stallions are effective equine athletes at the highest levels of many disciplines.'”
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The whining continued, sounding more like a parody than a genuine complaint. “What message does this send to our daughters and granddaughters? Our sons and grandsons?
"We demand that the name be changed to something more gender neutral and more indicative of Douglass' brilliant mind, successful career and vision for equality and to send a message to all students that they are respected and valued.”
Only 214 people signed the petition, but that was all it needed. Fayette County Schools Superintendent Manny Caulk bowed to pressure and issued a statement:
“Since the public announcement of the mascot Monday, we have received feedback from some community members who have concerns about the mascot and we want assure our constituents that there was absolutely no intent to offend or upset anyone.”
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“We also recognize that there is support from others in our community to honor the former stallions of Hamburg Place farm,” he added.
Meanwhile, Diane Cahill, who created the petition against the name, said in a statement to WKYT: “Hopefully a more appropriate, inclusive, gender neutral name can be found.”
As for the mascot, here's what Caulk had to say:
“We've already received suggestions of Thoroughbreds or Racers as possible alternatives to Stallions and we will solicit additional ideas from our students before they choose a horse themed mascot grounded in the land's equestrian heritage.”
How about just going with cute colourful horses from the hit show My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic? It would go perfectly with this defeatist attitude.
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