Draper, Utah, is now on the map for something other than being the home of the main state penitentiary.
The area of the state between the Utah and Salt Lake Valleys has been growing ever since I was out there, and with that comes the need for more housing, more infrastructure and, yes, more schools.
So, there is a new high school in Draper, called Corner Canyon High (part of the Canyon School District). Of course, along with the staffing and other educational needs, this place needs a mascot.
Sitting between Brigham Young University Cougar blue and University of Utah Running Ute red, the school held a contest among students to name the new school, and the Cougars won out.
Or did they?
After the results were tabulated, the Canyon School Board nixed the whole deal. There is no chance you can call your team that. Why?
It may be offensive to middle age women.
(Don’t worry, this column will still be here after you pick yourself off the floor from laughing so hard you pass out — I speak from experience.)
I knew that the moniker of Running Ute was seen as offensive to some in the Native American community, even though the Ute Tribe has given its blessing to the name (this gets into the whole name changing thing, which is another topic I feel is ridiculous), but Cougars?
The only way that I see this as offensive is if when the student body presented their results, they came with a Sarah Jessica Parker mascot.
Seriously, everyone in the state of Utah knew that they were naming their school after the beloved BYU mascot, and I am sure that the first thought in the minds of anyone outside that state was of the mountain dwelling cat, not anything to do with a nickname that has been given to middle aged women on the dating scene.
It’s sensitivity out of control. It’s people thinking in terms of worse-case scenario and not with logic and common sense.
What’s next, no more “soccer moms,” which could now be “European football chaperones?”
It’s not just this. Recently, Aardman Animation decided to change a scene in its new movie “The Pirates!,” after a trailer was criticized for its depiction of lepers.
Here’s the setup: The main character (who is not depicted as the brightest tool in the shed) boards a ship at sea looking for treasure. After he inquires about the location of the treasure, he is informed that the boat is full of lepers, which is immediately followed by the arm of the leprous spokesman falling off to illustrate the point.
I’m sorry, but that is funny. It was not done to poke fun of lepers or harm them in any way. It’s a cartoon, and even though they look really cool now, they are not real, in case there was an issue thinking that they were.
Can you imagine what would have to be taken out of the classic Looney Tunes if they were made today? The Acme Company would have never existed, and Wile E Coyote would have never known the feel of an anvil aside the head.
Remember, it’s not real. Again, think of who will sue, not with logic.
And let’s be honest, the people who would actually make a ruckus over this, or maybe other ridiculous notions like trying to say that Harry Potter books are making kids worship the devil, are dealing in a fantasy of a fantasy world. Let me repeat: NONE OF THIS IS REAL!!!! There are no wizards at Hogwarts, there are no pirates or lepers that look like the ones in the CARTOON and Corner Canyon High School did not want to warm up to the theme song of “Hot in Cleveland” (trust me, I’ve never seen the show or heard the song, but there must be one, right?).
So come back to the real world, there’s plenty of room before the world comes to an end according to the Mayan calendar.
Keith Lobdell is the Editor of the Valley News. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.