As the world has slowly shifted more and more into a state of constant political correctness, you’ve seen many schools have to go back and rethink mascots that they may have had for years. This has been particularly true with mascots referencing Native Americans in some way, as many of the mascots related to that group were deemed derogatory by the general public.
Well, in naming a new mascot for their school, one Utah High School decided to side-step any future controversy by picking a non-offensive mascot right off the bat. They pondered what the least hurtful thing to anyone they could think of would be, and came up with the perfect one – a cougar. Who’s going to get mad about a cougar mascot, right?
Turns out, someone will.
After proposing their new mascot idea to the school board, Draper (Utah) Corner Canyon High had their suggestion swiftly and unequivocally rejected. Why? Because the board felt as though a cougar mascot might offend the most sensitive and touchy group of people out there – middle-aged women.
That’s right. Forget minorities. Forget various religious sects. Forget veterans. Forget senior citizens. The most powerful group of people out there, apparently, is middle-aged ladies on the prowl for young man meat.
As per Yahoo! Sports:
Still, the Canyons School Board refused to accept the Cougar as a mascot out of fear that it might offend older women. In the current edition of the Webster Dictionary, the second definition for cougar sights a slang terminology that refers to "a middle-aged woman seeking a romantic relationship with a younger man."
So there you have it. If you were planning on visiting the Utah area and heading down to Draper Corner Canyon High to watch the Cougars play – you’re out of luck. They’re the Chargers now. And yes, your mom is to blame for it.
(Kudos to Yahoo! Sports for the find)