VIDEO: Students sign fake petition to ban 'Hurricane' mascot at U. Miami

  • Campus Reform's Cabot Phillips traveled to the University of Miami to ask students if they support banning the school's mascot, the hurricanes.
  • Multiple students supported the idea, with one citing the impact it could have on people with PTSD.

 In recent years, a growing number of universities have faced pressure to change their mascots due to concerns over cultural appropriation and student sensitivity. 

Whether it’s the state of Maine banning Native American mascots or students at George Washington calling for an end to the ‘Colonials’ mascot, there seems to be a new mascot facing scrutiny every week. But what about schools with mascots named after inanimate objects or weather occurrences? Surely, no one would support banning one of those mascots.

“There’s gonna be people who have PTSD and this could f*** them up"   

To find out, Campus Reform's Cabot Phillips headed to the University of Miami, home of the Hurricanes. 

[RELATED: Maine becomes first state to BAN Native American mascots]

WATCH:


 


Armed with a petition and letter to the administration citing my concern over students potentially being offended by the “Hurricane” name, Phillip began asking students for their support, quickly realizing there would be plenty of it.

The moment he told students there was a petition they could sign to help students who were offended, they jumped at the opportunity.

[RELATED: VIDEO: GW students say 'Colonials' mascot too offensive]

“F*** yeah!” one student said, enthusiastically, while another said, “it’s not a huge deal, but it’s something, and it’ll make a difference.”

“There’s gonna be people who have PTSD and this could f*** them up,” one student said.

Another thanked Phillips for the concern, saying “I totally get this. I think it’s super respectful,” while another said “Awesome! Good for you.”

Was there anyone who decided against signing the petition? Watch the full video above.

Follow the author of this article on Twitter: @Cabot_Phillips



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Cabot Phillips | Media Director

Cabot Phillips is the Media Director for Campus Reform. Prior to joining Campus Reform he spent time working on numerous campaigns—most recently as the Digital Grassroots Director for Marco Rubio’s Presidential bid. Phillips is also a YouTube Partner, creating and starring in numerous videos which have amassed over 70 million views across varying online platforms.  In 2016, Phillips was named to Red Alert Politics "30 Under 30" list of the nation's most influential young conservatives.

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