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Baseball Team Faces Backlash for Fat-Shaming Mascot Named ‘Ozempig’

An American baseball team has faced backlash for allegedly engaging in fat-shaming after unveiling its new mascot, 'Ozempig'.

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Baseball Team Faces Backlash for Fat-Shaming Mascot Named 'Ozempig'

Baseball Team Faces Backlash for Fat-Shaming Mascot Named ‘Ozempig’: An American baseball team has faced criticism for purportedly engaging in fat-shaming after the unveiling of its new mascot.

The Minor League Baseball St. Paul Saints surveyed 2,300 people to name their pig mascot.

Unfortunately, public responses to such requests might vary. Instead of “Babe Ruth,” the Saints chose a more controversial name for their new player.

They joked that the pig had gained weight and needed to drop it, so they named it Ozempic, a celebrity-endorsed weight reduction supplement.

So, the pig was named “Ozempig.” They expected a positive response from Minnesota supporters, but it was the opposite.

Ozempic, developed for diabetics, is sometimes advised for weight loss due to its appetite-suppressing effects. Personalities and powerful people endorsed it, which helped it gain popularity.

However, some supporters criticized the ‘cruel’ moniker, citing its implications for patients who relied on the medication for survival.

“I would not ridicule the weight of others or diabetics. It simply feels somewhat harsh. “It may be time for a marketing meeting to clarify this, y’all,” one supporter commented on the organization’s Facebook page.

Another individual commented: “It’s insensitive to people struggling with their weight, among other things.”

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Saint Paul Saints react to indignation

Instead of issuing an apology for the contentious moniker, Sean Aronson, the Saints’ head of media relations, stated that the organization did not “intend to offend” anyone attempting to lose weight.

Furthermore, he confirmed that ‘Ozempig’ is here to stay after resolving to retain the name after much consideration.

“I can tell you there was no ill-intent, there was no maliciousness,” according to him. “During our review of the name, there was not a single discussion in the room regarding the possibility that this might offend some individuals.”

“We knew how we originally came up with the name and we’re good with it but we did discuss it and decided we’re going to keep it.”

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