Friday, December 11, 2009

[BLEEP] YOU, MASCOT! Otto the Orange

This is Otto the Orange, the Mascot of Syracuse University. Is there a more worthy symbol of political correctness gone horribly amok? Syracuse's original mascot was the Saltine Warrior, inspired by a 1930's hoax of an Onondagan Indian chief's remains discovered on campus. Needless to say Native Americans were a tad upset. Syracuse finally gave in to their protests and dropped the Saltine Warrior in 1978.
It took seventeen years for Syracuse to find an successor mascot. In the meantime an an unofficial mascot in shape or an orange was created by a SU cheerleader named Eric Heath (insert male cheerleader joke here). The Orange was given the name Otto by cheerleaders in 1990. Finally, Syracuse got around to making Otto the oficial mascot in 1995. (In comparison the longest Papal Conclave lasted two years.)
Of course political correctness isn't surprising from a school who dropped the name "Orangemen" to be gender-neutral.

(Apologies as usual to Matthew Gasteier)

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