No, Gritty is not toxic masculinity incarnate. He is sports fandom incarnate. And that’s what makes him the perfect mascot.
The meaning behind the adored moniker makes a quick mockery of calls for Notre Dame to replace it with something else.
It wouldn’t be out of bounds to ask sensitive Toronto folk to cast their eyes west and tell us why ‘Eskimo’ gets a pass while ‘Indian’ doesn’t.
It is offensive in the extreme to suppose that proud Irish tradition can be adequately represented by shamrocks and a belligerent midget.
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