With the World Series starting tonight, it seems like an appropriate time to acknowledge the ongoing controversy over the use of a specific mascot by a certain Major League Baseball team.
Let’s start here:
There is no reason to believe that the owners, or any official or player from this team, harbors animus towards the group portrayed by this mascot, or that they choose to disrespect this group. It is undoubtedly also true that the vast majority of those who see this mascot, don’t think twice about the longstanding moniker.
I am of course referring to………
The San Diego Padre!
Having stipulated that the mascot use is done without malice, there is still a distinction that needs to be made. The San Diego Padre is obviously a work of someone’s sick homo-erotic fantasy.
Let us examine the logo more closely:
This mascot is a swinger, and judging by that crooked smile on his face, I would say he was a gay swinger. Obviously, the erect bat is a phallus. And would you look at the way his feet are crossed in such a feminine stance. No real ballplayer or clergy would stand like that. The symbol is an offence to Christianity, religious leaders, and our American way of life.
And I am fairly certain he is not wearing any undergarments under that frock!
HAS ANYONE THOUGHT TO CHECK?
We would all be aghast at the idea of using a flying nun or prancing priest as a team mascot, but somehow a swinging friar is perfectly ok? Monks, padres, and friars were routinely murdered by invading vikings and other pagans, but now, just a mere 2,000 years later we want them to dance and swing for our entertainment.
It is time to put an end to the abuse of a this beloved religious figure. It is time to re-examine our values, and stop this offensive behavior. Because even if an offense has not been intended, isn’t it clear to see how offense might legitimately be taken?
No actual clergy was consulted for the writing of this article.