It appears Pierre the Pelican as we know him is dead.
The frighting New Orleans Pelicans mascot debuted earlier this season and initial fan reaction was, well, terror. Looking like a creature that would haunt your nightmares, the Pelicans have taken in massive fan backlash and plan to re-design the head of the mascot to make him look ‘less scary’.
Real mascot news: Hearing Pellies are re-designing Pierre’s head to make him “less scary,” hopefully by All-Star weekend in New Orleans. (To be clear: that tweet is not a joke. They are actually re-designing Pierre’s head).
As silly as that sounds, it’s actually needed.
The mascot’s fear inducing look became a hot topic on social media and fans/basketball bloggers all mocked the bird, but I can’t imagine being a seven year old at a Pelicans game when this freaky looking thing came strolling your way.
I cried as a five-year-old at Disneyland when Mickey Mouse showed up. Had I see this? I’d probably be dead of a heart attack.