I have a coworker who went to Rutgers. As the Scarlet Knights kept winning this fall, we talked a few times about their bowl game chances. So I noticed recently that the women’s hoops team had made it to the NCAA finals, and couldn’t resist asking him, “what do they call the Scarlet Knights’ women’s team? The Scarlet Lady Knights?”
A female coworker was there, and she gave me the obligatory half-smile eyeroll and head shake. He answered that they didn’t do anything to change the gender for the nickname of Rutgers’ women’s teams, “if they had knights now, women would be knights, right?”
I joked about the “red light” connotation, and that was pretty much it, except that now I hear some rude DJ is in hot water for insinuating they are prostitutes and characterizing their hair as nappy. His name is Dan or Don (yawn) Imus and his show has been suspended and he’s doing the defensive apology thing and it’s a big media story (ka-ching).
So that when he meets the team now (and isn’t everyone going to want to hear about that, ka-ching!) it will mean that when he goes back live (ka-ching!) everyone will want to hear about that, too. Ka-ching!
Which is where I draw the line. I refuse to proft from having kidded my coworker about his alma mater’s nickname. No, no, I mean it, keep your money. I do not want to benefit from having joked about the Scarlet Night Lights’ nickname. It would be cynical and a manipulative, greedy ploy for me to boost my ratings and accept remuneration for having joked at their expense. Seriously, I cannot accept advertising for this post rather than any of my others. It would be exploitive and wrong.
Contract? You want to talk long-term contract?
Hmm, that’s different.
Talk to Mrs. Ombud, she’s my agent.