A rugby team from Bristol, England is being ridiculed for changing its name.
Bristol Rugby recently decided to rebrand their image by changing the name of their team to the “Bristol Bears.”
Apparently fans are freaking out because the “Bristol Bears” is also the name of a popular gay bar and social club in the city’s gayborhood. It hosts an annual summer fiesta, takes part in Pride events, and owns the internet domain for the name.
“We could end up being a laughing stock,” a fan of the rugby team tells local media.
“I didn’t think my club could be so stupid!” another adds.
Folks on Twitter are equally confused, amused, and/or upset…
Well well well.
The Bristol Bears already exist. pic.twitter.com/dP5u1Udfsc
— JB (@Jbeardmore) April 15, 2018
Is this Bristol Bears thing a joke? #BathRomans
— David Flatman (@davidflatman) April 17, 2018
Dear Bristol Rugby,
Please don't rename yourself the Bristol Bears. You're not a regionally-based children's book or an LGBTQ Facebook group.
— Squidge Rugby (@SquidgeRugby) April 16, 2018
@Bristol_RFC you do realise you are going to get a lot of confused fans when they google Bristol bears yeah?
— tim brown (@timbotronics) April 17, 2018
A spokeswoman from Bristol Sport, which runs the club, claims the organization was “aware of the Bristol Bear Bar from the beginning of the rebrand process.” Although, we think it’s safe to say they didn’t expect such an extreme reaction from fans over the new name.
Owner Steve Lansdown said of the animal: “It defends for its life when it needs to, is aggressive in attack when it needs to be.”