The Rutgers University Student Assembly passed a bill that calls for more gender and ethnic diversity in the mascot costume, according to a report by The Daily Targum, the school’s student newspaper.
The mascot is light-skinned with blue eyes! Horrors!
The bill would create black, Latino, Asian, and third-gender mascot friends to accompany the school’s original “Scarlet Knight” mascot adopted in 1955.
They are concerned that it not be offensive. That should prove difficult since everyone is offended over everything.
An obvious male running around in women’s clothing with the mascot might be offensive to some.
The student body will get to vote on whether the mascot will be gay, transgender, black, Arab, Latino or whatever.
They’re going to reach out to multicultural organizations and let the entire community weigh in.
Rutgers’ student and staff could react negatively as they did in 2013, when Rutgers Glee Club’s Patrick Gardner, director of the choral activities, revised certain verses of the 140-year-old alma mater, “On the Banks of the Old Raritan,” to be gender-neutral.