Skip to comments.Stillwater asks that festival name be changed because of 'vulgar reference'
Posted on 01/24/2014 12:34:04 PM PST by Responsibility2nd
After word got out this week that the new summer festival in downtown Stillwater would be called Stillwater Log Jam, a resident contacted Mayor Ken Harycki.
Now, city officials are asking The Locals, the group planning the music and family festival, to consider another name.
"The city has concerns over the name that was chosen," Harycki said Thursday. "We were made aware -- how can I put this delicately? -- that the name was a vulgar reference that we would prefer not to have associated with a family event in the city. We don't want to be the laughingstock of the nation."
City Administrator Larry Hansen emailed festival organizer Cassie McLemore on Thursday afternoon with the city's request. "Somebody brought it to our attention that it could be construed (in a sexual way), and we've asked them to consider changing the name," Hansen said.
McLemore said The Locals -- who announced the festival's name Tuesday night -- do not plan to change the name. She said the name was in the group's proposal that the Stillwater City Council approved last fall.
"Oh my Lord," McLemore said. "Honestly, I mean how ridiculous do you have to be? Are we 14-year-old boys? Seriously. Ninety-nine percent of the people, that wouldn't even cross their minds. Why make a mountain out of a molehill? I think we're just a little too sensitive."
The Locals tried to lease the name "Lumberjack Days" from the nonprofit Lumberjack Days Festival Association, which has had a service mark on the name since 1994, but couldn't reach an agreement, McLemore said.
"We can't sit around and wait," she said. "We need to have a website, we need to have social media. ... 'Stillwater Log Jam' was the name that was proposed at our presentation to city council, and we never heard anything negative from the city about the name until today."
Stillwater Log Jam fits the history of the city, McLemore said. "We were a logging community; there were log jams; and 'jam' kind of goes with the name of a festival. There's a big mural of a log jam painted on a building in downtown Stillwater.
"Honestly, you can turn anything in a sexual meaning," she said. "There's probably something called The Lumberjack, too."
And no, I didn’t check it either. I have no idea, nor do I care why creepy little meat slappers took an ordinary name and sexed it up.
I agree with McLemore. Call it the Logjam and ignore any creeps who get the giggles.
Wait one while I get my popcorn........
“Lumberjack days” is owned by someone?
how stupid to have to ask permission to use such a common expression
“Log Jam” can refer to something sexual? Sounds like I [really] don’t wanna know.
Until I read this, I wasn’t aware that a log jam had anything to do with anything other than the logging industry. And I’m not sure I want to know its other meaning.
Couldn't agree more!
I’ve been traumatized by looking up “teabagging,” I don’t even want to know what a log jam is.
I’ve never heard of “log jam” being used for any sort of sexual reference. Other than a pile of logs in a waterway, the only other meaning for “log jam” that I can think of would be an obstruction to entering, or “logging in” to a computer program or online site requiring a username and password.
Just like the perfectly nice words "gay" and "teabag," the homos took over some word and gave it an ugly sexually-deviant connotation, and now we are no longer allowed to use it except in an ugly, sexually-deviant context.
Is Stillwater prison in Stillwater? Do the inmates get to attend...?
Good luck with that now.
from someone named Hairycheeky
They should switch the whole thing around. Focus on something less controversial — like candy. They could call it “fudge packing days”.
Here in KY, we have cornhole tournaments, everyone sniggers and no one gives a damn, nor has anyone ever suggested it be called something else.
I long for the days of a less “sensitive” America. When condoms were called by their real name....rubbers.
Thanks to creative euphamisming almost every phrase in the English language has been used as a sexual reference, can’t be avoided.