December 28, 2013

The Church of the Perpetually Aggrieved

I was just reading a rant over at Ace's about how the latest Jeep Grand Cherokee looks girlie, and thinking about the kerfuffle regarding the name of Washington's football team, it suddenly occurred to me:

Why haven't the sensitivity freaks been freaking out about that car's name?

Why don't they freak out about the UH-60 Blackhawk? Or the AH-64 Apache?

And then there's the Tomahawk cruise missile! Scandal!

Haven't heard a peep about any of this stuff. Seems like the hypersensitive are rather selective, don't it?

Posted by: Steven Den Beste in Weird World at 05:34 PM | Comments (7) | Add Comment
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1 Amazingly enough, no one even cared about the topic (minus the perpetuals around) until the team's owner popped his mouth off about it.  Around 6 months ago.  (He's a big Democrat donor, so there's several levels of irony involved)

So it became the Sports Media's "Sign We Are Important!" play for a few months.  No one will care by training camp next year.

Posted by: sqa at December 28, 2013 05:42 PM (WJILw)

2 Actually, I recall some minor kerfuffle regarding Army helicopter names many years ago, back when they were developing the Comanche.  That project got axed, and the complaints about the name of helicopters faded.  However, if the Army starts up another program named after a tribe, I expect them to begin again.

Posted by: Siergen at December 28, 2013 06:56 PM (c2+vA)

3 And most of the Sioux tribes are perfectly happy to have the Fighting Sioux named after them. So the perpetually outraged have decided to be offended on their behalf.

Posted by: Mauser at December 28, 2013 10:22 PM (TJ7ih)


Given that there are photos of Apache chiefs given their blessings on the AH-64 when it was introduced into service, any of the perpetually aggrieved will first have to make an argument on how those Apache chiefs were not 'Indian enough'.  That would probably take more effort than they can spare from their lattes.

Personally, I am waiting for someone to make an objection to the Philadelphia Eagles, being named after the eagle symbol of the National Recovery Administration.  I am sure there are people who have objections a team whose name was inspired by one of the greatest overreach of the federal government on the private citizen - but those people tend to have better things to do than issues like this.

Posted by: cxt217 at December 28, 2013 11:20 PM (N3TvP)

5 Interestingly, its not just the Apache, the Army gets permission and blessings from tribes before formally naming their helicopter, and has for decades.  The Tomahawk is more in the tradition of Lance, Broadsword, Sidearm, Mace, Shillelagh, Aegis,  Dart, Crossbow and Penguin....which one realizes fits the pattern when one plays Disgaea.

Posted by: The Brickmuppet at December 29, 2013 05:58 AM (DnAJl)

6 Penguin?  I thought it was Prinny.  And who wants a lazy weapon that complains all the time and takes long lunch breaks?

Posted by: Mauser at December 29, 2013 10:18 PM (TJ7ih)

7 It should be noted that the national champion in College Football this year, FSU Seminoles are fully entitled to use that name and image.  Nation of Seminole licensed their name and image to the college.  Of course that won't stop the aggrieved industry. 

Posted by: BigFire at January 10, 2014 06:34 AM (KnlFg)

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