Under the Shady Tree: social media trolls the Clemson Tigers mascot during National Championship against LSU

Let's be honest, this mascot looks like he's straight from Party City.

by Mary Staes
January 14, 2020

Monday night, we caught an up-close look at Clemson’s Tiger mascot costume:

His yellow emotionless eyes stare into my soul. (Photo by John Byrum/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Both LSU and Clemson have tigers as their mascots. Looking at both, one can’t help remember the chargrin of pre-op Pierre the Pelican … and the cheers that followed of post-op Pierre. However, it didn’t take long for social media users to start throwing the shade at Clemson, because, let’s be honest, this mascot looks like he’s straight from Party City’s clearance rack.

The Throw Back

Change of Allegiances 

The Weeping

They’re Grrrrooooss!

The Swipe Left

Gaze of Despair

https://twitter.com/_vendita/status/1216957809541238784

Top Shelf vs Bottom Shelf

Nightmare on Clemson Street

Always Find A Designated Driver

https://twitter.com/LafourcheSO/status/1216947522326945792

There was even a GoFundMe started for a new costume, and it exceeded expectations, surpassing it’s goal of $1,000 with more than $1,400 in just a few hours.

“It seems that the University purchased their mascot costume from the clearance rack from TG&Y in 1981,” the GoFundMe description said. “All proceeds will be mailed to the Clemson University Athletic Department.”

Welp! There’s no shade at the top! 😎💜💛

Mary Staes is Digital Content Lead for Very Local. She works with our freelancers and crafts content for our social media platforms and website. Before Very Local, she worked with CBS affiliate WWL-TV as a web producer and weekend assignment editor for about 4 years. She has also handled broadcast coverage for 160 Marine Reserve training facilities while she served as an active duty Marine. As a native New Orleanian, she takes being "very local" to heart. She loves being intertwined with the culture and figuring out how there are less than two degrees of separation between us all, whether...

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