How many people love Tomahawk-chopping-cows?
Are you one who does? If so drive past Turner
Field in Atlanta to see a 40 foot mechanical cow with a sign reading
“Do da chop. Eat da Chikin.”
I’ll say it again. On top of the Atlanta
Braves Baseball stadium there’s a 15,000 pound Holstein cow wearing a
Braves hat, doing a double-jointed tomahawk chop. I don’t know
about you but this situation promises something to offend everyone…
PETA, vegans, architectural purists, spelling teachers, maybe even you.
First off, Native Americans hate the tomahawk
chop. Not a fan of the chop. But, in the past at least
humans were doing the chop and the inane war-chants. Now, Indians
get to enjoy one of their favorite cattle breeds doing a double-jointed
chop. Double whoop.
Atlanta based Chik-Fil-A paid for and created this moooving, leg-bending-wrong-direction sign.
Are you a fan of the Chik-Fil-A ads where they use Holstein cows that
can spell, but badly, to tell people to “Eat mor chikin”? They
are funny ads but only when you don’t think about them. When you
think about them the questions never end. First, if we assume
spelling, writing cows, why do they have to be such bad spellers?
Is it because they’re dumb animals? Apparently not too dumb to
parachute and try to save their brothers and sisters from being
hamburgers. Besides, these gals are Holsteins, whose total farm
experience is milking and producing more milk cows. Why would
these guys give up their cushy existence to radically push humans into
eating chickens? And then you have to ask why the cows hate
chickens, their barnyard buddies? We should be seeing the cows
with signs reading “Eat mor vegees” or if they’re really had it in for
another animal, it should be “Eat more wolfs.”
Of course lots of people love the funny cows and
Chik-Fil-A was smart not to use a cute chicken in its ads. That
way they don’t have the equivalent of the guy in a pig suit barking at
you to come to the BBQ as if to say “Come on in and eat my brother,
he’s juicy and delicious.” We avoid the
awkward questions that used to come when we’d go to an old fashion
steak house with their walls covered in pastoral scenes and photos of
sad eyed cows.
Will history make you happy? The chop and the
war chant originated at FSU. Florida State has an agreement with
the Seminole Tribe of Florida to use the logo, the chant and
chop. When Deion (Neon) Sanders from FSU played for the Braves in
the early 90’s, Atlanta fans adopted the chop and it stuck.
So there it is: You have a guy with a sign
(neon) for a nickname responsible for a huge mechanical tomahawking
Holstein sign. Sport sponsorship is hilarious sometimes. Udderly