Hammer called it!
The University of Las Vegas removed their mascot’s statue Hey Reb! from campus Tuesday. The statue was returned to the donor. The removal stems from the social justice protests around the country. Plus, a change petition circulating the Internet has over 4,000 signatures to get rid of ‘Reb’ altogether.
The mascot originated in the 50’s as a way to spark natural rivalry between UNLV and the northern extension campus, University of Nevada in Reno.
UNLV President Marta Meana says that the cartoon handlebar mustache mascot could be changed altogether. Putting the old rebel out to pasture.
Hey Reb! won’t be alone as he rides into the sunset.
Quaker Oats announced they are rebranding and retiring Aunt Jemima. Yes, the sweet pancake syrup has also been hit with cancel culture. To be fair, Aunt Jemima is roughly 130 years old.
Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Quaker Foods North America, Kristen Kroepfl, released a statement Wednesday.
“We recognize Aunt Jemima’s origins are based on a racial stereotype… While work has been done over the years to update the brand in a manner intended to be appropriate and respectful, we realize those changes are not enough.”
Moving forward, Quaker Oats says all production of any Aunt Jemima pancake syrup or mixes will cease.
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