Call me the devil’s advocate… but who made the association?
Acts of atrocity at the hands of pirates off the Carolina coast in the early 1700s were hardly any less ruthless than those being committed by the thugs off the coast of Somalia today. (In fact some stories would suggest earlier pirates were much more ruthless than those in the modern age.)
In four hundred years kids will be dressing like Osama Bin Laden for Halloween. It sounds ridiculous but it also would have seemed ridiculous in the 1500s to name a university mascot after murderous sea-faring thieves or indigenous North Americans.
I think it is funny as all he$$. Lighten up folks remember the US only had one ship boarded. There are about 200 other people from other countries being held for ramson. Remember if you are alive when the sun comes up you have had a good night if you are alive when the sun goes down you have had a good day, all the other stuff that happened in between does not mean anything.
I suppose this “editorial” cartoon is troublesome since it doesn’t appear to have a message to me. Pirates are topical, yes, but what does that have to do with ECU? The use of swashbuckling “pirates” for sports teams and summer-blockbusters can be considered ironic when compared to our real problems today, but this cartoon does not fully highlight a pressing issue (other than just being current in the news). Why not have Obama reciting “We must stop the pirates!” while handing over a bag of money to an AIG executive on a cargo ship named “The Economy”. Although I bet the Economist already did something like that…
I am an rapid ECU fan. I woke up this morning thinking about the relationship of my Alma Mater’s mascot and these effin’ Somali pirates. This picture made my day. Thank you!
It is definitely the low blow that ECU fans should expect from NCSU and Raleighwood folk. I don’t find it offensive at all and have been laughing for a while. I posted it up on ECU’s Rivals.com page. Two of the members can’t figure out why this is funny. I think they may be idiots.
I think its funny. Lighten up people geeesh, you take everything so serious. “Like oh my god, I can’t beilive this.. I am offended and you lost a visitor like oh my god” Honestly its kind of weird if you think about it, its a comparison between what we thought pirates looked like in the old days and now its comparing it to modern day history. If your so offended then change the mascot from Pirates to something else, and stop being offended by every little thing you wimps.
Damn, I bleed Purple and Gold and think this is too funny to not horse laugh at. It would be a great idea for a t-shirt, not sure it would sell in Greenville. Folks are a little sensitive to middle eastern culture here since we have such a large population of Egyptians, Pakistanis, Indians and others represented in the community as professionals and students alike. Singapore, Thailand and Taiwan have greater incidences of piracy off their coasts, just Somalia makes more headlines because they have no government to counter the threat. It’s what happens in a lawless society without a Coast Guard, our beloved Edward Teach and Steed Bonnet were simply practicing against an oppressive government and heavily laden Spanish vessels that were within reach of the coast…. Wow a historical economics lesson from an ECU MBA
I’m an ECU grad and this is absolutely hilarious. Well done. Come on ECU fans, get a grip. This is just a joke, I’d hate to see what happened if someone made a joke about you personally. Keep up the good work NR.
Huh. But offensive and obscene *postings* are apparently peachy keen?
I’m stuck in Greenville. I can’t *stand* ECU because it’s full of idiots who’d rather party than actually get an education. But..frankly, I still think this is in exceedingly poor taste. For that matter, so is the Wolfpack bomber one that someone linked to. What’s next, Tarheel Nazis?
Some might say I’m lacking a sense of humor, to which I’d reply ‘I have a great sense of humor—when something is actually funny, as opposed to something you’d only laugh at if your name was Beavis or Butthead.’
I am a graduate of ECU and a loyal supporter of all things ECU. I think that a lot of people are getting too worked up over an editorial cartoon, a piece of satire. I don’t think the article is as funny as some are making it out to be, but I don’t find it offensive in the least. However, I do find some of the comments that have been left to be in rather poor taste. Some of the comments that have left are disparaging to not only the school, but to the students and graduates of ECU.