"Gritty" joins the NHL mascot family — but we're not quite sure what he is
The Philadelphia Flyers introduced "Gritty" as their new mascot today at the Please Touch Museum's Hamilton Hall.
He is the second mascot of the Flyers, replacing "Slapshot," who debuted in 1976.
"Slapshot" was a neat, turtle-like mascot with reddish orange fur and a flying cap. Assumed to be a pilot, "Slapshot" fit the team pretty well. However, "Gritty" looks like a Muppet that had a few too many cups of coffee and perhaps even beer...that gut didn't come from nowhere.
"Gritty" has orange fur and wears what seems to be either a construction helmet or a hockey helmet — the latter probably makes more sense. The mascot wears the team's jersey coupled with black skates and gloves. However, the most striking part of this character is probably the eyes — almost circular and paired with a too-wide smile, some kids are definitely going to have nightmares tonight.
"His father was a "bully," so naturally he has some of those tendencies - talented but feisty, a fierce competitor, known for his agility given his size," said NHL in his bio. "He's loyal but mischievous; the ultimate Flyers fan who loves the orange and black, but is unwelcoming to anyone who opposes his team. Legend has it he earned the name "Gritty" for possessing an attitude so similar to the team he follows."
Apparently, our furry friend with daddy issues has always been around — we just haven't seen him because he was hiding. The NHL claims that recent construction at the Wells Fargo Center forced him to go out of hiding and into the public eye. His favorite foods are snow from the zamboni machine and hot dogs at the "Flyers Dollar Dog Night."
Twitter definitely had fun with "Gritty," comparing him to the clown from It and implying heavy drug use. I can't say I don't agree with most of these memes.
"Gritty" will make his debut tonight at 7PM during a hockey game against the Boston Bruins at the Wells Fargo Center. You can also follow "Gritty" on his Twitter and Instagram, or check him out on the NHL website — you can even book him for an event.
Amber Wang is a freelancer for Popdust, Gearbrain and various other sites. She is also a student at NYU, a photographer and a marketing intern.
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The ice cream company released a powerful statement this week.
With Black Lives Matter protests popping up left and right, lots of well-known public figures and companies are taking a stand against police brutality.
Celebrities are putting their lives on the line protesting, childrens' toy companies are donating tens of thousands to organizations like the NAACP, and even infamous YouTube stars are hitting the streets. But Ben & Jerry's—yes, the ice cream brand—have made the most detailed statement of all.
"The murder of George Floyd was the result of inhumane police brutality that is perpetuated by a culture of white supremacy," reads a lengthy statement on the Ben & Jerry's website. "What happened to George Floyd was not the result of a bad apple; it was the predictable consequence of a racist and prejudiced system and culture that has treated Black bodies as the enemy from the beginning."
The statement continues: "Four years ago, we publicly stated our support for the Black Lives Matter movement. Today, we want to be even more clear about the urgent need to take concrete steps to dismantle white supremacy in all its forms."
Ben and Jerry then outlines a four-step plan to end white supremacy. First is calling on President Trump to disavow white supremacy, instead of calling on the military to shoot American protesters. Second is calling on Congress to pass H.R. 40, a bill with instructions to study racism, its deep roots in American history, and how antiquated beliefs are still prevalent today. Third is creating a task force to help increase police accountability, and fourth is a "call on the Department of Justice to reinvigorate its Civil Rights Division as a staunch defender of the rights of Black and Brown people." Trump has never made plans even half that detailed!
It's a little sad that ice cream companies are more adamant about ending centuries of white supremacy than our own government officials even at the state level. Especially when other companies have issued statements that attempt to overshadow their previous racist actions, Ben & Jerry's commitment to justice is admirable. Ben and Jerry are officially the two coolest white boomer men we know, and we will be celebrating by vacuum-inhaling three pints of Chunky Monkey.
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