The real question became how to express my distaste for the new logo at this weekend's Spring Game without looking like a total jerk. It would feel weird to boo my University, but the alternative didn't sound much better: silently seething, gritting my teeth and thinking "if you could read my mind you would know I am, like, so mad at you right now." I felt like I'd just end up walking around confused, smiling with my eyes and grimacing with my mouth, wondering what to do with my arms.
Then, through a conversation with someone about my last blog post, I learned some of the story behind this redesign. Let's just say it's kind of the worst, and it made me realize that I have to react in a public way.
Let's revisit that pesky Athletics statement from last Thursday:
"It is very important for you to know that the refinement we are making to our Seminole Head logo has been under development for almost two years and that the Seminole Tribe of Florida along with groups representing our student-athletes, coaches, Boosters and university administration were consulted during the process."Someone with EXTREMELY close ties to the Seminole Tribe of Florida spoke of the situation to me where the words "approval" and "consulted" as used by the University are not exactly...exact. In fact, Athletics is the only one of the groups listed who has given an official response that I know of. With that much ambiguity as to what these other groups, like the Seminole Tribe, actually feel about the logo change, there is a real possibility that representatives are waiting for a reaction-- a sustained reaction-- from alumni and fans.
|FSU Athletics' definition of "subtle": now with burning|
A great place to start would be the Rally to save the Chief going on at 1pm Saturday at the Unconquered statue. [EDIT 9:56 AM: I've been told there is also a protest of Ignition Tradition tonight at 6:30pm in Kleman Plaza, downtown Tallahassee] Snap a picture of your gameday gear and tweet to #KeepThisChief or #FSULogoRebellion. Sign the growing petition at Change.org which, as of right now, has nearly 15,000 signatures. Listen to Macklemore or Twisted Sister or even Miley Cyrus on repeat if that's what gets you going.
Important people are listening to our outcry. Very. Important. People. So at the Spring Game on Saturday, express your discontent in whatever way you want: visually, vocally, interpretive dance...whatever. But DO IT BIG. Because our voices and our actions are being heard.