Two days after naming its mascot "PorkChop," the Philadelphia Phillies' new Triple-A affiliate abruptly dropped the moniker after receiving complaints from Hispanics that it was offensive.The mascot is a freaking pig. Isn't it obvious that the usage of the name "pork chop" in this instance is about as far from a slur as it could be? Does this mean that "pork chop" is now on the list of unmentionable slurs that under no circumstance, no matter what the context or situation, should be used? If so, butchers, grocery stores and restaurant menus everywhere need to re-label their products.
General Manager Kurt Landes said he heard from several Hispanics who said PorkChop was derogatory.
"We were really unaware of any negative connotations with the word 'pork chop,"' he said. "If it offended a few, it's a few too many."
Guillermo Lopez, vice president of the Latino Leadership Alliance, said he was called "pork chop" when he worked at Bethlehem Steel decades ago.
The online Urban Dictionary, which accepts entries from readers, says Pork Chop is a racist term used to refer to people of Puerto Rican descent.
This situation is a sad commentary on the overboard PC society we live in. And although I understand that the organization does not want alienate a certain portion of their fan base, I really wish they would have just kept the name the same and just said, "You're all being overly-sensitive. It's a pig. Pork equals pig. Get over it."
The mascot's new name is Ferrous. Obviously somebody from the club reads this blog and was inspired by me calling them the FeHams a few months back. It's not as good as Pork Chop but it's an okay nickname, playing off of the iron instead of the pig. Although, I think they should take it one step further and call him Ferrous Buhler. Of course, that might be offensive to high school slackers from Illinois...