Paul Lukas of Uni Watch, tweeted today that the Cleveland Indians have changed their primary logo to the Block C instead of Chief Wahoo. Lukas is an outspoken critic of the Chief Wahoo logo, and he added that the offensive cartoon will still be on Cleveland Indians jersey sleeves and home caps. This is a small change, but it is a very newsworthy change. The move to the Block C rather than Chief Wahoo seems like it will be a gradual one. No word yet either way from the Cleveland Indians themselves, but this appears to be the next step in a phasing out.
Indians changing primary logo to the block-C. No change to uniforms, Wahoo still on home cap, sleeves. pic.twitter.com/0EEopJ3ph2
— Paul Lukas (@UniWatch) January 8, 2014
Cleveland Indians fans have an interesting way of defending their mascot Chief Wahoo from the movement to abolish it. Cleveland Plain-Dealer columnist Mark Naymick wrote a piece looking to end the Cleveland Indians mascot. The majority of the feedback he received on his call for the Cleveland Indians to kill its mascot, Chief Wahoo was…..
Well, rather entertaining to say the least. Many disagreed that the Washington Redskins name is offensive and that Chief Wahoo is no better. The Cleveland Indians fans have spoken and they look at the move to end Chief Wahoo as…well, I turn it over to Naymick:
One reader – who admitted he didn’t read beyond the headline — tied my stance to Obamacare. (He said something about all liberal causes being connected.)
Others turned to Twitter to respectfully argue their point.
“Your article today completely SUCKS. The Indians logo is a BIG SMILING FACE. A smiley face that brings JOY. FUCK Off” read one tweet directed my way.
I’ve been there man. Most of the comments you receive on anything will overwhelmingly be 90% disagreeable to negative to outright hostile. The silent majority is silent because they are not malcontents. And then of course, the Twitter hatred and vitriol. I’ve had a lot of swear words directed at me there.
A poll on that link, Cleveland.com so I’m assuming it’s mostly Cleveland Indians fans, voted to keep Wahoo by a whopping 2 to 1 margin.
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