The Chicago Cubs organization celebrated their first World Series win in 108 years last week by celebrating in the streets of Chicago for days. Despite this joyous occasion, several members of Chicago’s Bear community refused to celebrate in protest.
“Look, I’m a long time fan of the Cubbies. I bleed red and blue,” bear activist, Yogi, said. “However, their name and logo encourage the persistent profiling of bear-kind that has been going on since long before they won their last world series. I really hoped they would fix that problem before they won it all so I could support them, but I just can’t.”
There are several version of the Cubs logo, but the most popular depicts a small baby bear walking through a red letter “C.” This logo has been protested for quite some time, but the Cubs have never shown any intention of changing it.
“The Cubs have been known as the Cubs for over a hundred years now. Changing their name would just be ruining a tradition, and we’re not going to do it just because it offends a very small minority group in the population,” Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said.
Several well-known members of the bear community have spoken out against the Chicago Cubs in the past week.
“Wakka Wakka! That’s racist!” Muppet and bear activist, Fozzy, said. “That organization seems to think that it’s okay to generalize all bears as ‘cubs.’ Cubs are the names of baby bears. That’s it. The correct name for our species is the scientific name ursidae or the accepted vernacular, bear. Anything else is just incorrect.”
“Oh, bother. Their logo that is so offensive to me. I have never seen even a single bear or cub that looks like that. They’re just perpetuating stereotypes of how we are supposed to look, and that’s not very progressive,” Pooh Bear said.
These protests sparked support from a few other sports organizations around the league, primarily the Cleveland Indians and Washington Redskins, who have pledged to donate money to the bears’ cause.
“The Cleveland Indians have always believed that stereotypes and generalizations are wrong and don’t have any positive place in society,” president of the Cleveland Indians, Chris Antonetti said. “That’s why we’ve decided to fight this evil by donating $1 for every acre of land the bears donate to MLB. Based on past events, this deal should be anything but a Trail of Tears.”