Folks, I am officially livid. At 11:22 a.m. on Tuesday, the University of Toledo challenged the Twitter world, and said that if a tweet with a picture of Shrek got 500,000 retweets, the university would change its mascot to Shrek — yes, the big green ogre. By about 2:30 p.m., the tweet had close to 60,000 retweets.
Then, a short time later, the tweet was tragically deleted:
ALERT: The University of Toledo has deleted the Shrek tweet. pic.twitter.com/MMjakTPEe9— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) April 24, 2018
Sadly and crushingly. Toledo’s social media manager told USA Today that the cruel ploy was indeed a hoax:
University of Toledo media relations specialist Christine Billau told USA TODAY Sports by phone that the tweet was not meant to be taken literally, and that a change wouldn’t be fair to the school’s current mascot, Rocky the Rocket.
”We are definitely not changing the school mascot to Shrek,” she said. “If we do reach a half million (retweets), we’d plan something special for Rocky.”
Toledo’s current mascot is Rocky the Rocket. Yes, the Rockets’ logo is pretty cool and flows well with Toledo, but WHO WOULDN’T WANT SHREK.
One of Toledo’s biggest rivals, Bowling Green, didn’t miss the opportunity to dunk on Toledo:
Hey @UToledo we have too much pride to EVER sell out our mascots for a few retweets. #BGFalconPride #bgsu @BGSUBirds pic.twitter.com/g8Dplym9u4— BGSU (@bgsu) April 24, 2018
Well thanks, Toledo, I now I know what betrayal feels like, and I wonder if I will ever know what it’s like to work for something and get it. RIP, almost Toledo mascot Shrek.