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School Administrators Finally Ban Football Team’s Ridiculously Offensive Pro-Rape Shirt

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The football team at Martin High School in Arlington, Texas is under fire after creating spirit t-shirts containing the phrases, “We take what we want,” printed on a pirate flag with “Shhhhhhh just let it happen” written underneath. Hold on, lemme take a minute to have a hard eye roll and mutter “Are you f*cking kidding me” under my breath, because REALLY?!

Ugh.

The football team, who conceived the shirt at a summer pool party, was called out by the school newspaper, The Warrior Post, which published an editorial titled ‘Out of Bounds,’ addressing the shirts’ very rape-y message. Because that’s what it is: rape-y. “Can this saying be easily misunderstood?,” they wrote. “Yes. Though it certainly was not the goal of the shirt, its slogan connotes rape culture. This is not what we want to display as a slogan for our Varsity football program.”

It should be noted that the school’s mascot is The Warrior, and the t-shirts show a shirtless, muscular Native American man in a headdress. So, you know – cultural appropriation is something else the Varsity football teamed should be called out for, too. But one thing at a time, I guess.

The team’s coach, Bob Wager, and booster club president, Kevin White, both claimed ignorance in regards to the offensive words, which I totally believe is true. They genuinely had no idea the slogans perpetuate rape culture because, as men, they don’t generally experience it. “I’ve seen the shirts several times since July,” said Wager, “and not once did it cross my mind that it was inappropriate.”

But male privilege and ignorance still doesn’t excuse stupid behavior. The t-shirts were finally banned by the school board thanks to the paper’s recent editorial, so maybe a new slogan is in order? “We’re an ass-kicking football team that also supports the universal elimination of rape culture!” has a nice ring to it, don’t you think?
[Photo: DailyMail]

 

53 Comments

  1. Wicked Prophet Kay Sue

    November 5, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    I…can’t even. There’s so much wrong with that shirt. Even beyond being rape-y and culturally exploitative, there’s the whole mixing themes. WTF. Just a bad decision on every single level.

    • candyvines

      November 5, 2014 at 3:55 pm

      At least it wasn’t in Comic Sans.

    • Wicked Prophet Kay Sue

      November 5, 2014 at 3:55 pm

      Fair point. #SilverLining?

    • candyvines

      November 5, 2014 at 4:05 pm

      Fantastic! Thanks, I hadn’t seen this.

    • Ursi

      November 5, 2014 at 6:42 pm

      my phone is in comic sans because I like the font.

      I’m so alone in this world, you guys

    • Alicia

      November 7, 2014 at 1:43 pm

      Nah, I like Comic Sans too. It’s my default font in MS Word. 😉

  2. nikki753

    November 5, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    What else could it possibly have meant? Just let world peace happen? When a bunch of teenagers come to you giggling about some idea they had for a shirt, you’d better bet that they’re trying to pull one over on you. Ask another trustworthy and savvy teenager, “What does this mean?” Admit that, no matter how “down” you are with these “hepcats” you are not a part of their culture and you don’t know things.

    • EX

      November 5, 2014 at 3:57 pm

      LOL at “hepcats”

    • ( ANGELICA )

      November 6, 2014 at 1:03 am

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    • EX

      November 6, 2014 at 1:19 am

      LOL. To make $19871 a month at $61 an hour she would’ve had to work 81 hours a week. Sounds fun.

    • SunnyD847

      November 5, 2014 at 4:39 pm

      You don’t have to be “hip” to get that this is about rape. Like you said, what other possible meaning is there? Yeah, I get that it’s about winning games, but they are comparing the defeat of the opposing team to rape.

    • nikki753

      November 5, 2014 at 5:37 pm

      Oh, definitely. In this case, you’d have to be insanely dense, probably willfully dense, to not at least have an inkling that something here is amiss. But I do think that some people like to believe that they’re just like the kids and couldn’t possibly have the wool pulled over their eyes. Once knew a woman that bragged about what a sweet boyfriend her son was for giving his girlfriend sweatpants that said, “Git ‘er done” across the butt because she bought that it was an innocent Larry the Cable Guy reference. She also asked us why “I got crabs in…” shirts were funny. This was a mother of multiple teenagers.

    • ted3553

      November 6, 2014 at 2:07 pm

      I totally believe these men didn’t have any idea but…..they work with teenagers who are renowned idiots (just teens in general). I have coached teens and raised 2 and whenever they come giggling or as a really excited group or with something that I don’t totally understand, I immediately am suspicious. As a grown up, you need to stop for a minute and question why teens are enthusiastic about anything frankly.

  3. Emil

    November 5, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    Can someone with an adolescent son weigh in on how they would respond if there kid came downstairs wearing this? I need to restore my faith in humanity.

    • LeggEggTorpedoTits

      November 5, 2014 at 4:10 pm

      I don’t have an adolescent son, mine is 9. However, if at 15, he came down wearing this, he would be sent to take it off, followed by a family discussion about why the shirt is inappropriate (and then next steps for dealing with the school).

    • Wicked Prophet Kay Sue

      November 5, 2014 at 4:12 pm

      Not an adolescent son, but I have two that will be adolescent males (assuming that’s how they identify), and I can safely say this would not fly in our house. I am not entirely sure how I would respond, but I can say it would start with taking that shit off and probably burning it.

      Not sure where it would go from there, but that would be where we’d begin.

    • Spongeworthy

      November 5, 2014 at 4:15 pm

      My son is only 2, but I feel confident that if I saw him in a shirt like that as a teen that would be a big “hell no” from me. That shirt would be handed over to me and we would have a serious talk about why he should not wear it.

    • whiteroses

      November 6, 2014 at 7:52 am

      Same here. Nobody living under my roof will ever wear something like that.

    • ted3553

      November 6, 2014 at 2:10 pm

      And then I will be calling or going in to the school to ask about it because lord knows there are a lot of clueless adults out there.

  4. keelhaulrose

    November 5, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    Sexist? Check. Culturally insensitive? Check. Crappy design and font choice? Check. Okay, I feel 100% saying this.

    http://cdn4.teen.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Im-Out.gif

  5. Spongeworthy

    November 5, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    It must be nice to be able to see a shirt like that several times and just think “oh, that’s a nice shirt. Nothing wrong with that.” It must be really, really nice.

    • LeggEggTorpedoTits

      November 5, 2014 at 4:24 pm

      Do I detect a bit of a throb in your temple at the end there?

    • Spongeworthy

      November 5, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    • LeggEggTorpedoTits

      November 5, 2014 at 4:28 pm

      Pepsi-Max just shot from my nose right into her twitchy eye. LOL!

    • Mystik Spiral

      November 5, 2014 at 5:48 pm

      I am now going to forever read your posts in a Louise voice in my head. Forever.

    • Spongeworthy

      November 5, 2014 at 6:43 pm

      I’m OK with this.

    • Kate Spencer

      November 5, 2014 at 5:06 pm

      LOLOLOL.

  6. noodlestein's danger tits

    November 5, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    Male privilege at its finest. This kind of shit reminds me of the time that I got into an argument with an aquaintence about slut shaming, because he just kept repeating, “Welll, I’ve never seen it happen!” Oh, well, thank god that if you’ve never seen it happen, it must not exist! The level of both certainty and obliviousness that some men unknowingly carry with them is astounding. I once had a man try to mansplain tampons to me. REALLY.

    • Kids, huh

      November 5, 2014 at 5:16 pm

      How. What. I’m going to need more information about the tampon thing.

    • noodlestein's danger tits

      November 6, 2014 at 12:58 pm

      Oh, it was in response to the buzzfeed video where they had gay guys talk about feminine products, and one talked about the tampon string being used to “yank” it out. Some dude pooh poohed the idea, and when I told him that yes, that was indeed what it was for, he went on a whole tirade about how if you actually “yanked” only the string would come out, not the cotton. I mean, I didn’t argue with him, because why bother? But it stunned me that he was arguing with me about a product that he has NEVER used, and I’ve been using for 15+ years. Douche.

    • Kids, huh

      November 6, 2014 at 1:33 pm

      Wow. Just, wow. Some dudes just really do need to be heard about EVERYTHING.

    • alexesq33

      November 6, 2014 at 2:04 pm

      http://i.giphy.com/NLbivNFUwhoTm.gif
      you’ve created a monster LOL

    • noodlestein's danger tits

      November 7, 2014 at 10:44 am

      Yay! I like monsters!

    • Alex Lee

      November 6, 2014 at 8:00 pm

      He does possess at least one orifice to test his theory.

    • LoveInfinitely

      November 5, 2014 at 5:43 pm

      Amazing, isn’t it? If a man doesn’t witness it, it’s not a thing? These dudes need to just stop. Also, please more details about Mr. Manpon. Kthx.

    • Rowan

      November 6, 2014 at 4:32 am

      Mr Manpon – world’s crappest superhero.

    • noodlestein's danger tits

      November 6, 2014 at 12:59 pm

      See my reply to Kids, huh. 🙂

    • Rowan

      November 6, 2014 at 4:33 am

      I’ve never been to Australia – that doesn’t mean it isn’t fucking there. Tosser.

    • whiteroses

      November 6, 2014 at 7:51 am

      My godson once made a very convincing argument that neither turnips nor Germany exist. In the same breath, he argued that Jesus was actually a zombie.

      The difference here, though is that he knows better. He knows turnips and Germany exist. I’ve been teaching him the finer points of rhetoric for years, and he can see how stupid arguing against something that clearly exists is. I wish other men saw that too.

    • Jen TheTit Whisperer

      November 6, 2014 at 8:11 am

      “Aunt” Whiteroses FTW!

    • Rowan

      November 6, 2014 at 1:31 pm

      Germany exists??

  7. rockmonster

    November 5, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    That shirt is ugly not only for its message, but its design.

    http://media.tumblr.com/d4b78264d641cd2df062614dde6064b9/tumblr_inline_naw0a7FypM1rtr2xy.gif

  8. Miguel irizarry

    November 5, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    Very tacky and SINFULLY DONE.

  9. Miguel irizarry

    November 5, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    LETS BURN THOSE FUCKING TSHIRT.PLEASE RAPE IS A SINFUL CRIME

  10. Rachel Sea

    November 5, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    Native American Pirate Rapist is the worst mascot ever.

  11. Rumaikiyya

    November 5, 2014 at 6:24 pm

    What did the coaches think “Sssh, just let it happen mean?” What non-rape allusion is there? You don’t go “ssssh” in the middle of a game or tell an opposing team to “just let it happen.” I am skeptical that the coaches didn’t realize versus didn’t care. (although you’d think they’d have at least cared about that crap design. Who was capable of looking at that and thinking it was a good shirt?)

    • AP

      November 5, 2014 at 9:25 pm

      The coaches may not have had creative control over the shirt. This used to happen in my high school all the time- the school wouldn’t pay for non-uniform shirts, so the team/club/class group would order some from a printer on their own. Usually, they’d pick an appropriate slogan, but every once in awhile, someone would come up with a double-entendre that the school administration would not be aware of until the students started wearing the shirts to school, someone noticed, processed what they were, and then complained that “Save a whistle, blow a lifeguard” was not actually a staff shirt from a local pool.

      It usually took a surprising amount of time for someone to actually realize what the shirt said, that multiple kids were wearing it, and that all the kids were affiliated with the same team/group/sport. A lot of people don’t pay attention that closely.

    • Sydney mom

      November 6, 2014 at 3:37 am

      Totally get this – many years ago my sister bought my 10 year old brother a Chicago bulls t shirt – after he had been wearing it for about six months I was hanging it on the clothes line when I noticed it actually said fxxk the Chicago bulls! Epic failure to notice on everyone’s part

  12. Jen TheTit Whisperer

    November 6, 2014 at 8:09 am

    Shhhhh, just let it happen! Didn’t tip anyone off? REALLY?

  13. alexesq33

    November 6, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    This was ABSOFUCKINGLUTELY what this shirt was intended to mean. rage stroke

  14. Alex Lee

    November 6, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    Here are the slogans that didn’t make the cut:

    “Close your eyes and think of Warriors”
    and
    “Bite the pillow. We’re going in your end zone dry”

  15. Alicia

    November 7, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    The “shhh just let it happen” is what really threw me. The “we take what we want” is questionable, but if it were alone, on a football team shirt, I wouldn’t have associated it with rape. The two together?! How could the adults NOT think of that?!

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