Texas Tech Says No to “Vick ‘Em”
October 10, 2007 2 Comments
In no way do I condone what Michael Vick admitted to doing, that is, fighting dogs for “sport” and/or gambling, and brutally killing the dogs that did not perform per Mr. Vick’s standards.
That being said, I think the current flap over a t-shirt being sold in Lubbock in preparation for this Saturday’s game against Texas A&M is a fine example of inconsistent overreaction.
The shirt is a play on the Texas A&M motto, “Gig ’em” on the front. Seeming how the Aggie mascot is a female collie by the name of Reveille (yes, Texas A&M’s mascot is a female dog), the clear implication of the back of shirt is for the Texas Tech football team to do to the Aggies what Vick might to do Reveille, kill her.
Seeming how the Red Raiders have handled the Aggies the past 2 times they’ve played in Lubbock, the shirt does not seem too far fetched.
According to this story,
Tech officials announced the fraternity that sold the shirts was suspended temporarily and will face judicial review for allegedly violating the solicitation section of the students’ code of conduct. The school said it wouldn’t allow the sale on campus of items that are “derogatory, inflammatory, insensitive, or in such bad taste.”
No more shirts are being produced, the school said in a release.
Look, the shirt is in poor taste no question about it but banning its production?
If the frat that made these shirts makes a shirt showing a Longhorn being barbecued would there be this much outrage from the general public? Would Tech officials ban that shirt? I’m guessing not, because of the way dogs are viewed in this culture as almost-people.
The fact that we choose not to eat dog does not change the FACT that they’re still animals. True, animals which have been entrusted to us by God and therefore not to mistreat, but I think it is endemic in the U.S.A. to (incorrectly) view dogs as people, and unfortunately vice versa.
When I was at Texas, a student organization (can’t remember which) sold shirts prior to the annual Texas-Texas A&M match up. The shirts had “Gag ’em Aggies” on the front with a picture of a Longhorn receiving oral sex from a female Aggie cadet on the back.
I would say this shirt was more offensive than the one pictured above, yet UT administration not only did not lift a finger to prevent the sale of the shirt, it permitted this group to sell it on campus, inside Jester dormitory!