I tend to be drawn to the weird or uncomfortable. When it doesn’t give me a headache, Tim & Eric is brilliant. Check It Out with Dr. Steve Brule is the peak of comedy. Insane nonsense is made for me.
As a general rule I’m against anything from Philadelphia. I break my rule for insane mascots. I am very much Pro-Gritty, the Philadelphia Flyers new mascot (????). It’s the most insane fucking thing anyone associated with the NHL has ever legally done.
Timothy Leary couldn’t have written his bio for the Flyers website:
His father was a “bully,” so naturally he has some of those tendencies – talented but feisty, a fierce competitor, known for his agility given his size. He’s loyal but mischievous; the ultimate Flyers fan who loves the orange and black, but is unwelcoming to anyone who opposes his team. Legend has it he earned the name “Gritty” for possessing an attitude so similar to the team he follows.
He claims that he’s been around for a lot longer than we know it, and recent construction at the Wells Fargo Center disturbed his secret hideout forcing him to show his face publicly for the first time. He has some oddities that are both humorous and strange. A number of times he’s been caught eating snow straight from the Zamboni machine, and unbeknown to most, his love of hot dogs has been inflating the Flyers Dollar Dog Night consumption totals for years.
That being said, there’s no denying that he’s one of our own.
His father was a bully? He is unwelcoming, but you welcome him anyway? He comes from a disturbed burial ground? He eats Zamboni snow and dollar hot dogs? Just….weird.
I don’t think there’s any way the Flyers expected this kind of reaction to Gritty. He’s been on every major talk show at this point ostensibly promoting the Flyers, but also allowing the NHL at large to luck into some publicity.
And somehow along the way he started to become a liberal then aggressively liberal mascot. I feel like it truly started when John Oliver had him on Last Week Tonight.
Using a drunken insane mascot as a place holder for the Supreme Court seat of Brett Kavanaugh was a funny and subversive way to introduce him to being a political symbol.
It has gotten a bit more wild since then with Gritty becoming a symbol of anti-Trump protests in Philly. (I can’t recommend avoiding that article enough. Boo hoo people with a common complaint come together and bring all of their messages with them while drawing attention to their messages! I don’t like it! Hipster activism is a thing.)
And now there seems to be a straight up Communist or at the very least aggressively Socialist Gritty Twitter account tweeting only the dankest memes.
The memes, my God the memes.
There are many more, but you get the idea. Komrade Gritty is out of control, and the abrupt turn to tearing down the Capitalist Machine has been unexpected. The great irony of Gritty as of October 8th is that the ultraconservative NHL has a major publicity coup on their hands with an aggressively radicalizing mascot that they are unlikely to fully capitalize on due to the appropriation of his image by Socialists.
I find that more hilarious than anything else associated with Gritty.