THE ISSUE: Almost two years ago, Rameses Jr. joined the UNC athletics family as its newest mascot. RJ was designed to be friendlier and more approachable than Rameses without replacing him. The board is split on whether or not to embrace the change. Read the counter-argument here.
Rameses — the original mascot, the only one worth mentioning — does not have scary eyebrows.
For this and other reasons, Rameses Jr. was an unnecessary addition to the mascot group that already includes, somewhat confusingly, an upright stuffed ram and a four-legged real ram.
If children are afraid of mascots, they’re going to be afraid of mascots. Negotiating eyebrow trajectory is a strangely minuscule and impractical attempt to solve that problem, and one that won’t help most kids.
We’re told Rameses Jr. was created so that students, especially women, who aren’t tall enough to fit the Rameses costume can still play a UNC mascot. Gender equity is a worthy goal, and I also recognize that Rameses has a busy schedule and can’t always meet all his obligations.