The Slippery Slope: ‘Fighting Irish’ is Offensive?!
So the Cleveland Indians are finally ending their use of "Chief Wahoo" as their logo. Awesome. Some people hated it, some people didn't. I hate the Cleveland baseball team no matter what their logo is.
But slippery slopes happen. And they usually end up in ridiculous situations.
Take, for example, ESPN moron Max Kellerman. Max the blowhard says that Notre Dame's Leprechaun now has to go, and the school needs to stop nicknaming their sports teams the "Fighting Irish."
As a possible part-Irishman, this is ludicrous.
This also is Ludicrous (Michael Buckner for Getty Images)
Kellerman said, "Pernicious, negative stereotypes of marginalized people that offend even some among them should be changed. It’s not that hard."
Yes, the Irish has historically been marginalized. Being drunken, fighting idiots is a negative stereotype. But...where was I going with this? Oh, right:
Is it offensive if it's kinda true? (Getty Images)
MLB Network white bread Brian Kenny backed up Max, saying that the, "...Notre Dame mascot is an embarrassment."
What does Notre Dame have to say about the nickname?
"Fighting Irish" was adopted as the school's official nickname in 1927, although stories suggest it could go back as far as the 1890s." ~ Notre Dame's website
I say this: Max Kellerman needs attention. Sure, he's getting it now. Maybe he's just trying to make a point about the retirement of Chief Wahoo. Being hyperbolic does not necessarily make you look smart. When used for the sake of getting attention, you look like an idiot.
He really doesn't need any help. (Getty Images)
H/T: Fox News