December 7th, 2007

Cat - Socks 4 Prez

Mascot force to change name after allegations of racism?!?

I wasn't sure where to post this, furrymedia was the only one that made sense to me.

As found on a comcast forum and edited for space and to remove the writer's commentary.

The Lehigh Valley IronPigs, the Philadelphia Phillies’ new Triple-A affiliate, recently held a contest allowing fans to pick the name of its mascot. Over 7,300 fan submissions poured in; all vying for the opportunity to name the team’s oversized, furry, fun-loving pig.

The winning selection, PorkChop, only lasted a couple of days before the PC Police stepped in.

Apparently, the IronPigs received “several complaints” from local residents that “PorkChop” is a derogatory term used for Puerto Ricans in the area. So the team caved and changed the name.

“We were really unaware of any negative connotations with the word pork chop,” Lehigh Valley GM Kurt Landes told the Allentown Morning Call, adding that the club did its homework before settling on the name and didn’t find any issues. “I think the name is about being fun and family friendly, so if it's offensive to anyone we certainly would prefer to have a name that everyone likes and enjoys. If it offended a few, it's a few too many.''

The mascot's new name is "Ferrous".