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Who dat?

Tuesday, August 31, 2010 - Rant, Thoughts

“I’m sorry, what were you saying?”

“Who dat?”

“What is that supposed to mean?”

“Who dat! Who dat! Donchoo know nuttin’?!”

“I know that speaking the nonsense that you seem proud of makes you look ignorant.”

If you were to do a Google search on the incorrect and idiotic phrase “who dat” you would get lots of results about the New Orleans Saints. For those who are blissfully unaware of the Saints are, you are the lucky ones … the Saints are a professional football team, and anyone who knows me already knows how I feel about professional sports. For those who don’t, here’s a brief introduction to my feelings on the subject:

Professional sports are a waste of time, money, and energy. The only people who benefit are the players and the team owners. For everyone else, professional sports are just a money vacuum.

You pay for overpriced tickets to sit in an overcrowded stadium on uncomfortable seats.

The Saints (shockingly, to me) won the Superbowl.  Their catch phrase or motto or whatever they want to call it is “who dat?

So, my question is, why would a sports team (or any organization, really) want to tie themselves to such illiterate nonsense?  Speaking specifically about the Saints and New Orleans, why would you want to go out of your way to prove your ignorance.

The rest of the country thinks – I’m sorry, knows – that New Orleans is filled with illiterate morons who don’t have the sense to evacuate during a major hurricane.  Why bring attention to that?

If I was so illiterate I could barely speak English, I wouldn’t be proud of it.  I would be so ashamed I would probably never show my face in public!  And I certainly wouldn’t buy a shirt that proclaims my illiteracy to anyone who sees it!

For that matter, spending any amount of money on a shirt (or hat, ice chest, hoochie shorts, etc…) with any obviously illiterate phrase is simply more proof of stupidity.  It’s saying to the world, “Hey, I’m dumb enough to think this phrase makes me cool and I’m stupid enough to think that paying for it is a good thing.”

Quick Note:

When I first started this post (back in December of 2009) I had a good rant going.  I’m sure I could do a much better, longer, angrier rant once the 2010 football season starts and people start wearing those absurd shirts every day, but for now I’m going on old annoyances.

I’ve had several posts saved in the drafts that I’ve been trying to finish and I’m finally getting them done.  So, yay, this one is done!  :-D

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2 thoughts on “Who dat?

LouisianaNative

As a Louisiana native, I am similarly revolted (or, in my case, embarassed) by the use of the phrase “WHO DAT.” It makes me despise the Saints — and their fans — all the more.

Your point could be made just as well, however, without pantomiming the entire population of a city as illiterate morons since, in many cases, those who did not evacuate in the face of Katrina were not possessed of the means to have done so.

That isn’t to say that many New Orleans natives don’t pride themselves on willful stubbornness (and ignorance), but mocking the disenfranchised — many of whom actually DIED — never helps bring those who might otherwise be on the fence around to your way of reasoning.

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    Alysha DeShaé

    In case I haven’t stated it elsewhere, I’m originally from Louisiana and I currently live in Louisiana.

    However, I haven’t said anything about Hurricane Katrina specifically. Throughout history there are several examples of New Orleans citizens not evacuating when a hurricane was coming, even a major one. I personally know several people who consistently choose not to evacuate during any hurricane no matter how dangerous because they “don’t need to because God will keep them safe.”

    I don’t believe in God, but if I did I would certainly make use of the popular saying “God helps those who help themselves” right about now. And yes, I know that some of the people who didn’t evacuate weren’t able to for one reason or another, but that certainly isn’t true for everyone who stayed.

    I won’t house a “Katrina debate” because that’s pointless and it’s been done all over the internet countless times. Googled: “Hurricane Katrina debate”

    When it comes right down to it, though, I’m not trying to bring anyone around to my point-of-view. I post rants because I either need to (or just want to) get something off my chest and my website provides me with that outlet. If someone agree with me, fine; if someone doesn’t agree with me, then that’s just too bad. I keep comments open so that other people can post their point-of-view, too, but that’s just common blog courtesy, in my opinion.

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