INDIANAPOLIS — A controversial list — by Notre Dame fans' standards at least — that ranked the Fighting Irish's leprechaun as the fourth-most offensive mascot in the nation has disappeared.
Quality Logo Products, an Illinois company that puts logos on water bottles and T-shirts, released a survey of best, worst, sexiest, unsexiest, creepiest and most offensive Division I college football mascots earlier this week.
IndyStar reached out to Quality Logo for an explanation why the lists were removed but did not get a response.
On its website, it explained the change: "The views and opinions expressed here are those of the survey participants and do not reflect the official opinion or positions of Quality Logo Products, Inc. In response to recent feedback, Quality Logo Products has amended this post."
When the Fighting Irish leprechaun was listed as offensive, alongside Osceola and Renegade of Florida State, the Aztec Warrior of San Diego State and Vili the Warrior of the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Notre Dame responded to IndyStar defending the mascot, its heritage and beginnings.
"There is no comparison between Notre Dame’s nickname and mascot and the Indian and warrior names (and) mascots used by other institutions such as the NFL team formerly known as the Redskins," Notre Dame wrote. "None of these institutions were founded or named by Native Americans who sought to highlight their heritage by using names and symbols associated with their people."
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Readers lashed out at the survey's depiction of the leprechaun as offensive.
"The number one waste of skin are the humanoids that voted the Notre Dame Leprechaun the 'fourth most offensive' mascot. They hate success and hate the national reputation of Notre Dame," Jim Kress of Northville, Michigan, wrote in an e-mail to IndyStar. "They are the most offensive people on the planet. They are to be pitied and then shunned."
The Ancient Order of Hibernians, the oldest and largest Irish-Catholic Organization in the United States, also spoke out.
"It is with a mixture of disbelief and despondency that the Hibernians read today headlines 'Notre Dame leprechaun considered offensive, according to survey' in multiple newspapers and media outlets," it said. "This media-manufactured controversy stems from a poll conducted by a T-Shirt printing company that allegedly concluded that the Notre Dame Leprechaun logo and the nickname of 'Fighting Irish' are offensive."
IndyStar reached out to Notre Dame to get its thoughts on the list being removed but the university declined comment.
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