Peter O’Brien: Offensive Symbology

Recently I postulated that Gen Angus Campbell might, on retirement from imposing gender quotas on our Defence Force, have a role in cleansing football codes of unacceptable symbology along the lines of his similar push within the Defence Force. The more I thought about, the more I realized there is very fertile ground here for his particular penchant for political correctness and not just confined to death iconography.

Think about it. As a general observation, the appropriation of animals as team nicknames – a kind of reverse anthropomorphism – is clearly demeaning to animal culture. But I will leave it to PETA to pursue this theme . No distortion of logic or common sense seems to be beyond them. However, I think this might just be a step too far.

But let’s take a few real problem cases. As I already pointed out, the Canberra Raiders, with their Viking mascot redolent of rape and pillage, would be among the first for a makeover. Also, the Essendon Bombers. Whether their emblem conjures up British Lancasters raining death down on Dresden, American B29s obliterating Hiroshima and Nagasaki or American B52s laying waste to Haiphong Harbour, there is no doubt this is a grossly offensive symbology. Perhaps such a flagrant abuse of good taste could be rectified by them henceforth becoming, say, the Essendon Ambulances.

These are the most obvious examples but there are other offensive images, somewhat more subtle than these, but corrosive nonetheless.
Take the Sydney Roosters. Well, I ask you. A symbol of rampant, male sexuality exemplified in the Spanish word for a cock bird – macho. This will never do. But what to replace the rooster with? Gen Campbell might think the Sydney Hens would be a much more acceptable image.

Then we have the Newcastle Knights. No-one these days thinks of knights as gallant warriors engaging their enemy with a suitable degree of humility. No, they are most often associated, in the public mind, with the Crusades and therefore grossly offensive to Muslims. The Newcastle Coalminers, that first comes to mind as an obvious replacement with genuine local connection, is, on reflection, also likely to be problematic.

Which brings me to the Melbourne Storm, clearly glorifying the extreme weather havoc wrought by climate change. How insensitive can you get? Maybe they could become the Melbourne Zephyr?

Getting back to the topic of using animal names, I originally suggested that the Lions and Bulldogs might be acceptable because they are traditionally associated with courage. Others such as Tigers and Sharks, with their reputation as man eaters, are more problematical. However on reflection I think a case could be made to retain these two emblems as they are under threat of extinction and as victims they probably deserve some exposure. In that event though, the Tiger of course should not be portrayed springing on a defenceless prey, but slinking away into the jungle.

The more I look into it the more I realize what a minefield this is. Even apparently innocuous imagery can hide potential offence triggers. You would think that South Sydney with their rabbit iconography would be beyond reproach, other than for the aforementioned identity appropriation, and in essence they are. The only problem is that they are mostly referred to as the Rabbittos. The suffix ‘o’ in many languages denotes a male name or noun and so should be avoided. Just call them the Rabbits and that should be OK.

You think I’m joking? Just give it time.

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41 Responses to Peter O’Brien: Offensive Symbology

  1. RobK

    They could just go by colours, like primary school sports carnavals…..and instead of playing rough games they could do colouring-in competitions.

  2. Diogenes

    You would think that South Sydney with their rabbit iconography would be beyond reproach,

    Rabbits – introduced colonising pest species

  3. 132andBush

    Yep
    As an aside to this the Australian Army Cadets are no longer allowed “laser tag weapons” on activities.

    What is happening through the ADF will prove deadly in the future.

  4. The Barking Toad

    Killer rabbits!

    Release the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch – on the count of 1,2,4 (3 sir)

  5. manalive

    ‘The Proteas’ is a team nickname I find hard to take seriously as in: ‘next week the Proteas take on the Petunias and in the following series they face the formidable Pansies’.

  6. Tim Neilson

    I liked Sarah Palin’s take on the “Washington Redskins” furore.
    “It’s about time that they changed their name to get rid of that word which is so offensive and creates so much resentment whenever it’s uttered.
    From now on they should just be the Redskins.”

  7. NB

    For goodness sake. What conservative rubbish. Doncha know that all teams need to postively discriminate for race, religion, and gender balance, including transgender. I want all teams to be made up of homosexual transgender dark-skinned Muslim women to REDRESS THE BALANCE.

  8. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Let’s face it, the whole of the Western tradition and all elements of Western culture are completely offensive. All names and naming need urgent revision. The grounds for offense are everywhere in the West, and thus memes of the West should be completely destroyed.

    Year Zero sounds good. Funny, but we’ve heard that before.

  9. v_maet

    The rabittoh’s symbol is offensive because it uses a white rabbit.

  10. wal1957

    PC [email protected] abound.
    Politicians, media and SJW’s.

    Are we livin’ the dream or what?

  11. lotocoti

    The storm in Melbourne Storm has nothing to do with weather and everything to do with nationalist socialist language.

  12. Boambee John

    Take the Sydney Roosters. Well, I ask you. A symbol of rampant, male sexuality exemplified in the Spanish word for a cock bird – macho. This will never do. But what to replace the rooster with? Gen Campbell might think the Sydney Hens would be a much more acceptable image.

    I am always amused that one of the sponsors of the Roosters is Steggles, which does interesting things to chooks.

  13. Dr Fred Lenin

    Are red stars hammers and sickles and star and crescents ok to use?
    And the military must be disarmed , weapons encourage violence , mostly against ethnics.

  14. Up The Workers!

    I reckon that if we are very particular about recruiting future Generals to lead the Australian Gender Diverse, Politically Correct Armed Farces, we might be able to cut down the Defence Farce Budget even further by only appointing as General, blokes who are the same bust-size as Gynecomastic Bill, the Leader of the Gender-Diverse, Foreign Legion Q.W.E.R.T.Y.L.G.B.T.Q.I.S.S.M.A.L.P. Party.

    When Bonking Billy takes over from the Left’s seat-warming Prime Quisling Turncoat, he can pass down his used “over-the-shoulder-boulder-holders” to whoever is running our Defence Farce at the time. At a pinch, they could also be used as a last resort in battle as a slingshot.

    Maybe Slippery Pete could supply the high heels, lippy, rouge and the fishnet stockings?

    Once upon a time, Army Ration Packs were “M.R.E.’s” (Meals Ready to Eat). In today’s politically correct, gender-diverse, Leftard, vegan Armed Farces, M.R.E. is “Mung-beans; Reconstituted Excrement”.

  15. mareeS

    Hey, Peter, leave off the Knights, my husband designed the logo and all the kit back in the day when his ad agency came up with the brand.

    The Knights were the knights of steel, Newcastle was then Steel City. Hence the name and the brand.

    The Jets are named for the jet Squadron at Williamtown RAAF Base.

    Apart from that, naming teams after animals and ridiculous ideas is beyond me.

  16. Nicholas (Unlicensed Joker) Gray

    Rabbitos are males, so the ‘o’ is genetically correct, until mixed teams are compulsory. However, the original rabbitos were people who would sell rabbits to you for you to (wait for it!) EAT them! Carnivores! That is where the red colour came from.

  17. Egor

    The LibLab politicians who support totalitarian language faeces didn’t tell us they supported neo marxist criminalisation of language before we elected them. That happened after we elected them.

    Ordinary looking and sounding LibLabs actually want this crap or they wouldn’t allow white anting scum like Campbell to run his politics on our fighting (sic) forces.

    Would the Campbell appointment ever be approved by referendum?
    Not a f**king chance.

  18. Delta A

    Great post. And typically hilarious comments from the Cats. But any amusement is cut dead by the realisation that this isn’t humour, it’s life in PC Australia.

  19. Entropy

    Jannie
    #2725912, posted on June 1, 2018 at 5:00 pm
    Wallabies FOREVER.

    Would you believe they are endangered?

  20. Eyrie

    I’m reliably told certain callsigns in Army aviation will be banned as being too offensive or aggressive.
    OK let’s just wind up the Australian military and save a heap of money. They won’t be allowed to kill anyone anyway.

  21. jupes

    ‘The Proteas’ is a team nickname I find hard to take seriously as in: ‘next week the Proteas take on the Petunias and in the following series they face the formidable Pansies’.

    LOL

  22. Barry Bones

    Oh no – you couldn’t use “Rabbitohs” !

    That is a direct reference to the men of the depression era who sold slaughtered rabbits on the streets of Redfern.

    Simply won’t do !

  23. Greg

    Once all the names have been politically cleansed I look forward to the clash between the Pansies vs the Snowflakes.

  24. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Once upon a time, Army Ration Packs were “M.R.E.’s” (Meals Ready to Eat)

    Also stood for Meals Rejected by Ethiopians.

  25. wal1957
    #2725859, posted on June 1, 2018 at 3:13 pm

    PC [email protected] abound.
    Politicians, media and SJW’s.

    Are we livin’ the dream or what?

    In fact yes, yes we are. That dream is/was to have women in the work force and positions of power and to chase men out of primary and secondary education.
    I may be accused of sexism and mysogini, but look at the evidence since the inception of affirmative action.

    Fvck that, I’ll give you evidence from right here….

    mareeS
    #2725878, posted on June 1, 2018 at 3:52 pm
    …Apart from that, naming teams after animals and ridiculous ideas is beyond me.

    You see that? They don’t see the World as men do. We fundamentally changed our societies about 40 years ago. We have no idea how it will play out moving forward.
    Until about 15 years ago, it was going ok with lots of deserved benefits and freedoms for women. Nowadays however, these sheilas have gone berserk with power. There is no function in society that they don’t want to interfere with and change it so that they themselves feel good and relaxed and safe. They don’t care that something has worked well for centuries and they don’t care that they have no clue how it will end.

    Western culture is fvcked. 8 years of Trump will only delay the inevitable.

  26. buckshot

    The Gold Coast Titans should change their name to the Gold Coast Theme Parks. They could boost crowd numbers from all the naïve tourists that end up there thinking they are going to a real theme park. Well at least they’ll get taken for a ride 🙂

    Geelong should be called The Horizontals and North Melbourne The Verticals (and Collingwood, The Blinds). Other possible name changes Adelaide Alternative Energy, Port Pumped Storage, the Sydney Solar Panels, Richmond Recyclers, West Coast Wave Power, Brisbane Batteries, Carlton Electric Cars, Western Sydney Wind Turbines, Gold Coast Suns (wait, their ahead of me), Footscray Organic Farmers, Collingwood Carbon Tax etc.

  27. Jannie

    Entropy, sadly I believe they are. For many reasons, some of which have been sort of articulated by Jones. But the one that sticks in my craw is that they have swallowed the PC kool aid.

    As for the marsupials, I think they will survive better than their namesakes. At least they can still breed.

  28. JohnA

    You are going to have trouble with the Sydney Hens, you realize! 🙂

  29. Up The Workers!

    Maybe we could go totally “Old School” with the adoption of names such as:
    1). The Rabbitohs,
    2). The Bottlohs,
    3). The Plonkos, and
    4). The Shit-Carters’ Hats!

  30. Norman Church

    Keep it up. Ridicule is the best form of attack.

    Students of history will recall that it was only when the proverbial was openly taken out of the loopy left and ordinary folk felt empowered to laugh in the faces of the Red Guards who sought to control them during the 1970s that the tide began to turn.

  31. Percy Popinjay

    Canterbury Bankstown were the Berries before they became the Bulldogs.

    Dogs are haram and so are offensive to the vast majority of the team’s supporters who are of course, moozley imbeciles (BIRM).

  32. Peter

    Indeed, “Rabbitos” is clearly a deeply offensive name. In Japanese Bushido culture and iconography, rabbits were often displayed as symbols and used by Samurai warriors when going into battle. http://tieba.baidu.com/p/1196513729?pn=1 Samurais are men. That is offensive to non-men as well as to to men who have had their bollocks removed by the likes of Gen Angus Campbell. And furthermore, Samurai were warriors and, as we have seen from the cleansing of Australia’s defence forces of its warriors, that makes it doubly offensive. Clearly the only warriors Australia needs at this time are Social Justice Warriors. And there is only one battle acceptable to Gen Angus Campbell and his ilk – the battle against oppression, discrimination and inequality. Hence, it can be determined that there is only one icon acceptable to Gen Angus Campbell and his ilk – the vagina hat.

  33. don coyote

    All Blacks , totally unacceptable.
    I suggest Some Blacks, Some White, Some Mixed

  34. Egor

    And yet they’ll win in the end because the marxist Teacher’s Union has control of young minds. A fatal error that guarantees the destruction of Western civilisation.

  35. Percy Popinjay

    All Blacks , totally unacceptable.

    The All Greys.

    In Soviet Grey, of course.

  36. Dave of Reedy Creek, Qld

    Hey, in the early paragraph on Bombers, don’t forget to list Germans bombing, London, Coventry, Hull etc. We also have the Japanese bombing Pearl Harbour. Remember the Germans and the Japanese started the whole ghastily bombings.

  37. Up The Workers!

    I see that Victoriastan’s newly A.L.P.-appointed Metropolitan Fire Brigade C.E.O. says that his greatest priority is to implement a regime of gender-diversity and equality of the sexes in fire-fighter recruitment and staffing.

    It is so crucially important to the Leftard Misgovernment of Mogadishu-by-the-Yarra these days to have fires extinguished only on a strict 50/50 quota system by as many vaginally-equipped firefighters, as it is by penis-equipped firefighters, just in case the fires themselves develop politically incorrect, inappropriate sexually-oriented preferences.

    Victoria desperately needs to bring a specifically vaginal attitude to the fighting of fires, which has thus far been sorely missing from our penis-centric fire-fighting methodology.

    This is yet another life-saving initiative from Dodgy Dan, the C.F.M.E.U./U.F.U. (Unelected ‘Fugs’ Union) Man from the Q.W.E.R.T.Y.L.G.B.T.Q.I.S.S.M.A.L.Party.

    If your house or business catches on fire in future, the male fire crew will be prohibited from attempting to put it out, unless and until an equal number of vaginal-equipped firefighters turn up – lest the fire-fighting activities breach strict Union gender neutrality guidelines.

  38. Peter O'Brien

    Hey, in the early paragraph on Bombers, don’t forget to list Germans bombing, London, Coventry, Hull etc. We also have the Japanese bombing Pearl Harbour. Remember the Germans and the Japanese started the whole ghastily bombings.

    Dave, that would not matter to the offendenistas of today.

  39. Ooh Honey Honey

    They’d probably be fine with the “Essendon Suicide Bombers”

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