Utah School Board Says Cougar Mascot Too Offensive To Women By William McGuinness January 19, 2012 12:23 PM
Courteney Cox, star of ABC’s “Cougar Town.” (credit: Jason Merrit/Getty Images)
DRAPER, Utah (CBS Las Vegas) – One Utah school district believes a cougar mascot would be insensitive to women.
The Canyons School District overrode the students top choice of a cougar mascot for their high school that is to be completed in 2013.
Would-be Corner Canyon High School students chose the Cougars as their mascot — a name principal Mary Bailey said carries an ugly connotation that is disrespectful to women.
In popular culture, the cougar is a sexually aggressive middle-aged woman who attracts younger men.
The school board, which consists of six men and one woman, thought the Charger would be more appropriate, which was on the ballot but failed to appeal to students as the cougar had.
Cougars — the large mountain cats — are popular in Utah. Brigham Young University, considered conservative, uses the cougar for its mascot.
Bailey said Corner Canyon’s close proximity to BYU was another reason to use the Charger.
She said the cougar was popular enough, while the charger gave the school an opportunity to have a unique mascot in Utah.
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Out of context, also out of context in historical meanings as well. And the team was too weak minded. It is obvious that the ‘cougar is an older women’ colloqialism caame about later. Can’t the public tell teh difference? This shows a DROP in IQ and a weaker ability to keep issues separate. I strongly suggest for the zeitgeist of American mindfulness that this cougar name be kept simply to be a glaring lesson in understanding nuance and perhaps to identify the weak minded among Americans who cannot tell th difference or are too lazy minded to keep mentally on their toes on such differences.
Meanwhile this also has shades of militant feminism and WEAK sportsmen or sports establishment. USA is indeed going down the intelligence chain by the above points . . . the mindful would want language and society to be full and rich with context, or full of context pitfalls to keep the mentally alert, not capitulation to feminist agendas because of chi8ldish colloqialisms. Next thing we know ‘kissing’ and ‘tree’ will be deemed to sexual to appear in any non-adult publications. Freedom of Speech! In this case, ‘telling the difference’ is the victim of PC or feminism if not an attempty to foster mental weakness in America. In the same light, I advocate female football teams as well but am totally against this PC feminist b.s.. Pathetic!
Star Mangled Banner! Steven Tyler accused of butchering national anthem at NFL final – by Mike Larkin Last updated at 1:42 PM on 23rd January 2012
He is charged with judging young hopefuls and their singing voices on American Idol.
But it seems Steven Tyler would struggle to pass muster himself, if people’s reactions to his performance of the Star Spangled Banner are anything to go by.
His rendition at today’s the NFL’s American Football Conference final has become an internet sensation, becoming a talking point on Twitter and being posted several times on YouTube.
Back in the Saddle: Steven Tyler performed the national anthem at the AFC final in Massachusetts today but his performance did not go down well
You See Me Crying: But for many football fans it was for the wrong reasons when he finished with a high note
The Aerosmith frontman, who is regarded as one rock’s iconic singers, warbled the national anthem before the New England Patriots hard-fought victory over the Baltimore Ravens. And the former’s coach Bill Belichick looked visibly uncomfortable as he endured Steve’s ‘unique’ take on the song in Massachusetts’ Gillette Stadium.
He was one of more than 68,000 who had to were given the dubious pleasure of hearing the Patriots scarf wearing singer’s performance, as well as the millions around the country watching at home.
And the fact the Toys in the Attic star was given a guard of honour was not lost on the legion of jokers who found his performance a perfect source for new material.
Not-so-crowd pleasing: More than 68,000 who had crammed into the Gilette Stadium got to hear his ‘unique’ rendition
On YouTube user scoffed: ‘I bet those soldiers behind him wanted to shoot him to save their ears.’
Another added: ‘After seeing this performance by her dad, Liv Tyler is getting a gag order.
‘Steven will have to wear the gag for 30 days and is banned from singing.’
One shocked listener even blamed the 63-year-old’s advancing years as the reason for his ‘terribly bad’ performance.
The user wrote: ‘That was pretty bad. Funny how singers lose their voice when they get old.’
Make it stop: New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick had a pained expression on his face as Steve sang
Not-so-Sweet Emotion: This Baltimore Ravens player looked as if he was going to burst into tears as Steve screeched
However one knowledgeable fan pointed out it was just the latest in a long line of Star Spangled debacles, from R Kelly’s 2005 butchering to Christina Aguilera forgetting the words at last year’s Super Bowl. He said: ‘When was the last time a singer did a decent version of the American national anthem at one of these events? ‘Americans, why do we keep picking these awful singers to sing the anthem at these events?’
Perhaps the most galling revelation for the multi-platinum selling star will be when he discovers he is being compared to Roseanne Barr, the portly comedienne who was branded ‘disgraceful’ by George HW Bush following her rendition in 1990.
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He forgot that being invited to sing the national anthem is about the national anthem, not about him. he proved it’s time for him to retire anyway, his voice is shot. he sounded awful, and his signature screech at the end was a joke. i didn’t see one player who looked like he was enjoying the performance, they all had the same ‘get me out of here’ look on their faces.
– crabby appleton, a small town usa, 23/1/2012 14:53
Haha — Coach Belichick always looks visibly uncomfortable!
– Melissa , Charleston, SC, 23/1/2012 14:51
“Americans… run around the world starting wars left, right and centre then blame the countries that they attack – Charlotte, Tampa, USA………….. Oh, poor, dear Charlotte. Don’t confuse any country’s gov’t with its citizens. Do you or any of your Florida neighbors run about starting wars? Shame on you for perpetuating an ugly, poorly thought out, outlandish prejudice. Feel free to leave North America & take a few more self-haters with you……. Re: Steven, it was what I expected.
It’s a difficult song to sing, many before him have flubbed lyrics, begun singing too high then got in trouble in the middle or don’t seem to practice beforehand. He wasn’t the best or the worst to have tried. Maybe what someone before me suggested is in order. Sing it without any stylizing. It’s more respectful anyway. Perhaps only opera singers or musical theatre trained folks could do it supreme justice.
– Storm, Sunny Skies, Somewhere, 23/1/2012 14:48
He’s Aerosmith! What did they expect? Pavorotti?? I thought he was awesome, and hitting that note at the end was so Steven Tyler. I loved it. I would rather hear a rock version anyday than someone who really warbles.
– Heather , Dallas, Tx. USA, 23/1/2012 14:44
I think there are plenty of good singers who could have done a much better job. Aging rock and roll singers are usually not the ones for this job. There are still plenty of singers around who can sing a song with a melody – not try to make it into a bad rock and roll song.
– Sam, Atlanta, Ga, USA, 23/1/2012 14:41
Dude (Looks Like A Lady) nailed it. I was actually impressed, it’s a notoriously difficult song to sing and I thought he did a decent job for a man of his age…
– JS1, The Uncanny Valley, 23/1/2012 14:30
I thought it was brilliant! just what you’d expect from a rocker an it was full of heart and passion, You go Stevie baby:) & i bet your lovely Liv is well proud of
her daddy 🙂
– HedgeWitch, Brizzle Uk, 23/1/2012 14:28
I would say that Stephens verson comes second worse to Roseannes, then Christina forgetting the words comes 3rd. Its great that Americans are so patriotic but I do think that because the anthem gets sung at the drop of hat it is just a chore that has be done so the meaning is a little watered down. I get that the sentiment is still there but the care an attention and the reverence it deserves is not always there. Perhaps a little music would help too!! Yesterdays rendition was just a rock stars version sung in the middle of a football pitch As for Bill I agree with others, yes he does always look like that! While the Patriots did not play blinder they made it to the Superbow go Patriots!!! and I was loving the shocked faces of the Ravens team on the sidelines as that kicked went a mile wide of the post!!!!
– Colette, Bowmanville, Ontario,Canada, 23/1/2012 14:17
I heard this and (1) it was horrible, (2) it was pretty much what you’d expect Steven Tyler to sound like. Who ever asked him to do the song should get the blame.
– Paul, Lansdale, PA USA, 23/1/2012 14:10
Charlotte…I don’t always agree with what our government does and has done, but if you think it’s so bad here, try living somewhere else. You have it pretty good here.
– sherry, somewhere in the usa, 23/1/2012 14:09
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On drugs and drunk? He’s spposed 2 b a punk or rocker, not a beefy baritone patriot. Pick a choirboy or retired sportsman from the Pope’s choir or team for the anthem. It is true that some things are best not sung by certain people. Ask Napalm Death to sing the anthem as well. The attitude you guys want won’t be there I’m sure. While not necessarily less patriotic than a treacherous bureaucrat, Patriotism’s not supposed to be their specialty in any case. Lets put it this way, at least he didn’t miss any keys or was off tone throughout. This is a good way to shift the mono-consciousness and groupthink in USA’s mindset in any case, US govt. is quicker than we think, if this raised the IQ of 68K people by 0.1% the USA has already exceeded expectations . . . abit of jarring voicing to awaken the average American out of his reverie, get those ‘contrarian’ braincells firing in that comfort zone ‘fog of grey’ and militarism or even TSA that USA might become. Whether aware on not, respects to Steve for being chosen for this not necessarily easy not enviable duty. Respects to the USA (currently under Obama’s administration . . .) for the speed at which simple comments are translatable into action. Now how about some action on :
1) Freedom from Apartheid/Fascism
2) Freedom from Religious-Persecution/Religious-Supremacy.
3) Equality for all ethnicities and faiths in all aspects of policy, Law and Constitution.
; in the worst of the 3rd world too? And remember the proposed Article 31 of the UNHCR . . .