Has America learned nothing from the saga of Boaty McBoatface?
In an effort to rename an elementary school currently named for Confederate general Robert E. Lee, an Austin school is finding out that when you ask the public for suggestions, you better be prepared for an onslaught of silly.
In March, officials decided to recommend changing the name of the school after public feedback in the wake of last June’s deadly Charleston, South Carolina church shootings. The white supremacy symbols and literature that have been associated with the alleged shooter, Dylann Roof, caused a ripple effect that has prompted a reconsideration of some objects named for Confederate leaders.
Many cities, including Austin, have removed statues of Confederate leaders from public view or renamed streets and buildings named after Confederate figures.
Ultimately, Austin school officials will get the final say in what they name the school, but they opened up the process to suggestions from the public and the public responded with some creative, unique suggestions.
What else would you expect from a city that has “weird” right in its motto?
Among the top vote-getters: Donald J. Trump Elementary (45 nominations) and The Adolf Hitler School for Friendship and Tolerance (8 nominations). There were also a large number of nominations to keep the school named Robert E. Lee (34 nominations).
Robert E. Lee Elementary in Austin is changing its name. I would absolutely send my kids to John Cena Elem. pic.twitter.com/FSNLzkO46C
— Bunkie Perkins (@BunkiePerkins) April 24, 2016
Some of the names are quirky but acceptable, like Harper Lee Elementary (30 nominations) and Wille Nelson Elementary (only 2 nominations, incredibly). Other names are stubborn rebuttals of what the nominators see as “PC” culture, like Bleeding Heart Liberal Elementary, Ignorance is Bliss Elementary, and, of course, Politically Correct Elementary.
Other figures submitted as the school’s new namesake run the spectrum from Kanye West to Harriet Tubman to Sally Ride to WWE wrestler John Cena.
And, of course, there are nominations for Boaty McBoatface and Schoolie McSchoolface.