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.
“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.”
No, mayor, you are not the laughingstock of the nation. Idiot Hansen is!
You really don't want to know this, either:
Jackie Treehorn is deeply disappointed.
Fortunately, they have the option of falling back on the original name of the place: Squawsquat.
“When condoms were called by their real name....rubbers.”
I wore rubbers on my walk to school, if it was raining.
I long for the days of a less sensitive America. When condoms were called by their real name....rubbers.
Perhaps you could combine the two and call it the Great Log Jam the Cornhole Festival. I am sure the Obama Xmas dancers would like to be invited. Hell BroncoBama and Reggie Love would probably even show up.
So? Some places hold a Testicle Festival, whatever “lumberjack” is, at least it isn’t an obvious vulgarity.
Language changes; I feel sorry for the people of Effingham, Illinois.
Naive that I am, so?
I guarantee you never got any girls into trouble while wearing your rubbers. Nor contracted any STDs.
They axed the wrong people.
My BIL and I started a contest to see who knew the most euphemisms for masturbation. We did so many & were laughing so hard, that my wife finally told us to shut up.
Never heard of it. This means that nothing is safe, when some idiot claims to be “offended.”
They must get all atwitter when talking about Mr. Allen or Mr. Harrelson.
30 years ago, shortly after I married and my wife moved from Australia to Texas, we were at the PX on Fort Hood because I needed to get some erasers for my mechanical pencil. While I was looking through the stationary department for them, my wife decided that it would be easier to go and ask someone where they were. So she went up to the front of the PX and asked one of the cashiers, and then, in her loud VERY Australian voice, she shouted across the store --- "Hey, love, you're looking in the wrong place. The rubbers are up here in the front of the store."
Needless to say, the only thing that I could do was give up and slink out of the PX ...
Barack = Elephant flatulence sound!
Sometimes a log jam is just a log jam. I’ve never in my life heard it used as a sexual reference.
Hope you have KY Jelly for that.
Isn't that where they make the Kentucky Jelly?
Jackie Treehorn’s dead...
Reminds me of Beavis and Butthead ....
“Why make a mountain out of a molehill?”
OMG! I can’t believe he said that! In a family newspaper even!!!
It’s called “Log Jammin Jelly” now.
i heard they were going to have an event in Hershey Pennsylvania called “Fudge Packer” days to celebrate all the box stuffers who work in the candy business.
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