If I had to choose one Star Wars character to be my best friend, I’d pick Admiral Ackbar. Sure, it might get kinda sketchy, what with him saying everything is a trap and all that, but if he kept me from getting tricked just once, I’d be alright. Fact is with his giant yellow eyes and spotted head, he’s just a guy that cares. A guy with weird facial hair yes, but one that will tuck you in at night too. I want him and I to be besties.
Turns out, I’m not the only one. The University of Mississippi is currently working on replacing their mascot, Colonel Reb, because he could be construed as offensive. I don’t see it – I mean, sure, he looks like Colonel Sanders and just oozes racism, but so does my neighbor’s cat – but apparently, somebody does, so they’re replacing him with something new. That brought up a hole bunch of different candidates, with the front runner currently being my bestest buddy, Admiral Ackbar. Check out notatrap.org to see the flyer and learn more about the contest.
Now, even though this is all in good fun, that doesn’t mean that Lucas would be cool with it. Mr Litigious himself might have a few things/lawyers to throw their direction, right? According to the NY Times, not so much.
Lucasfilm is flattered that our Star Wars fans at the University of Mississippi are considering electing Admiral Ackbar as their mascot. The last time we checked in with Admiral Ackbar he was leading the Rebel Alliance Fleet on a critical mission so it will be difficult for him to show up for the games!
That’s not a no. All I know is that if this does go through, I’m buying an Ole Miss hat the next day and rooting for the team 24/7.