Utah School Board Rejects 'Cougar' Mascot to Avoid Offending Older Women: Reasonable or Ridiculous?

Living 2012/01/22 03:28:03
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Stories about controversial mascots are a dime a dozen. But usually, they involve offensive portrayals of people groups—like Native Americans—not animals.

The future students of Corner Canyon High School, which is set to open in 2013, were given an interesting opportunity: the chance to help select their high school’s colors and mascot. Navy, silver, and white were selected as the school colors, and the “Cougar” won out with 23% of the vote.

However, the members of the Canyons School Board in Draper, Utah, felt the choice was derogatory and offensive to some women—citing the slang use of “cougar” to refer to older women seeking romantic relationships with younger men—and vetoed the selection. They then unanimously settled on another option: the “Charger.”

The Canyons School District website explained, “No other high school in Utah has adopted Chargers as a mascot. Board members noted the alliteration of Corner Canyon Chargers, and that a Charger, a war horse, was selected because it is a prominent animal in Draper and an image of strength that could unify the community. “

Considering Draper’s proximity to Salt Lake City, one might chalk up the school board’s oversensitivity to religious prudery. However, this is unlikely the case, as three other Utah schools plus Brigham Young University claim the “Cougar” as their mascot.

We think this is a case of political correctness run amuck and would like to point out that the "Corner Canyon Cougars" is also alliterative.

What do you think about the school board’s decision? Reasonable or ridiculous?

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  • The Thinking Woman 2012/01/22 06:54:31
    The Thinking Woman
    A cougar is a beautiful fearless animal that is rarely seen by man. It is a good and strong animal to look up to. Shame on Utah School Board. cougar

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  • Roy Munson **SL, BD** 2014/03/15 11:31:58
    Roy Munson **SL, BD**
    say what?? no way!
  • shadow76 2012/02/19 17:11:02
    The insult is calling Older women that. It is despicable!
  • Griegg 2012/02/11 03:52:40
    It looks like the Board just overrode the students' choice, justifying it with a phony excuse.
  • Quazimoto 2012/02/01 20:46:03
    The United States is in more trouble than I thought.
  • TorchwoodTrinity 2012/01/31 04:10:07
    What do they call an OLDER man seeking romantic relationships with younger women? Double standard to me!!!!!!!!!!
  • Poison Girl 2012/01/30 23:38:50
    Poison Girl
    My high school and college mascot was the cougar. When I think of the cougar, I think of a big beautiful cat, not the stupid slang for older women who love younger men. If I was in that category I would be offended by that stupid slang term. This is ridiculous!!!
  • Icon 2012/01/29 23:02:18
    The real cougers should be offended that they are being compared to old women.
  • Sabrena Heimes 2012/01/29 15:28:27
    Sabrena Heimes
    Honestly, I don't see why people are making a big deal out of it now, considering people have been labeling them 'cougars' for quite awhile now. Plus, who really cares what other people think? I get called emo, goth, freak and loser, not to mention people think I'm a lesbian because that's who I primarily hang out with, but their just stupid labels from stupid people who don't matter. Who cares? Not me.
  • Dave 007 2012/01/29 13:01:43
    Dave 007
    Where has this Country gone?????
  • Royo 2012/01/29 12:22:08
    I voted wrong. Ugh. I MEANT Ridiculous. So.. yea.
  • Bear 2012/01/28 04:48:23
    I don't know any womanof any age who would be offended by being considered very attractive
  • Capn Ameruhka 2012/01/27 18:30:01
    Capn Ameruhka
    I'm just amazed they were able to find anyone to vote "reasonable"? lol..silly left-wing nuts x]
  • Dave In Cali 2012/01/26 19:45:33
    Dave In Cali
  • Heather 2012/01/26 17:53:29 (edited)
    I don't know many 40 people still attending high school!!! AND why would it be offensive any way???????????????
  • Bart 2012/01/25 19:50:18
  • PM 2012/01/25 18:58:54
    I wonder how many "OLDER WOMEN" attend Corner High School? Duh!!! Why is the school board worried about offending people who don't attend Corner High School anyway?
  • RoseyRhod 2012/01/25 18:34:13
    The cougar is an animal. It is a large mountain-dwelling cat. It was this before it was a randy middle-aged broad seeking young meat. (And before anyone gets their undies in a wad, I am a middle aged broad, though too tired to be randy or put up with the antics of dudes young enough to be my son.)
  • nightcrawler2005 2012/01/25 18:28:41
  • Calm down! 2012/01/25 17:46:08
    Calm down!
    I think so many people need to lighten up and remove the poles from their butt's in our country and stop getting so offended over every little word people say! I think lawsuits are to blame for people acting so damm weird now! Everyone is afraid of getting sued!
    It's like Lawyers gone wild in our country!

    Lawyers suck
  • RoseyRhod Calm down! 2012/01/25 18:36:16
    That's the forthcoming XXX series--Lawyers Gone Wild.
    Love that graphic!
  • Rand 2012/01/25 16:50:56
    This is just ridiculous. Schoolboard is totally wrong on this. What's next not allowing powder puff football because its offensive to make up brushes and puffs?
  • amazinggrace 2012/01/25 16:33:57
    To the enth degree
  • SilveryRow 2012/01/25 16:28:38
    Haha, that's hilarious
  • Saucy 2012/01/25 16:03:20
    People only bother about different meanings when brought to attention. Besides arn`t they being discriminate now to older women? I`d love the chance to be a cougar - me-ow..
  • Janice 2012/01/25 15:46:01
    These School Board members need to get a life! ....And be booted out of office! To call every "older woman" [whatever that means!] a "cougar" is an INSULT! These people are out of touch! Time to NOT let them influence more school children!
  • Tasine 2012/01/25 15:02:22
    Actually, at age 73 and female, I could take offense at their selection of "Charger". I shop a good bit and charge everything in order to keep track of purchases. Paying off the debt in total each month means no interest. I AM A CHARGER AND I BELIEVE I SHOULD BE OFFENDED!!!!!!!
  • RoseyRhod Tasine 2012/01/25 18:37:19
    Nice one!
  • Tasine RoseyRhod 2012/01/25 19:09:50
  • PM Tasine 2012/01/25 20:35:13
    LOL... cute!!!
  • Neon_Flame 2012/01/25 12:17:06
    The first thing I think of when I hear 'Cougar' is the animal... If you think otherwise... Your just dirty minded.... The animal was here LONG before the name started describing older women
  • twjones1966 2012/01/25 11:23:45
    Now if we could get so many Americans to agree letting Obama have 4 more years is just as ridiculousness!
  • RoseyRhod twjones... 2012/01/25 18:39:38
    How did you manage to drag politics into this?
  • PM RoseyRhod 2012/01/25 19:02:19
    He's a conservative. They have no other life.
  • Tasine PM 2012/01/25 19:10:23
    I resemble that! ;-)
  • PanDuh 2012/01/25 11:12:16 (edited)
    Their reason is ridiculous but I like the idea of a war horse for a mascot, much more stockier then a cougar which has been a bit overdone. Now if their mascot was a panda, thats something I could 100% agree with c:
  • Somkey the Hores 2012/01/25 09:02:13
    Somkey the Hores
    And STUPID. They should be fired.
  • PanDuh Somkey ... 2012/01/25 11:15:34
    Fired because of rejecting a mascot? Thats a bit too overboard dont cha think?
  • Somkey ... PanDuh 2012/01/26 09:02:23
    Somkey the Hores
    Nope. It reveals their mindset.
  • Dachel St. Mary 2012/01/25 07:58:14
    Dachel St. Mary
    If you can't take the heat, stay out of the kitchen..
  • StrawberryNonsense 2012/01/25 07:33:21 (edited)
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