Thursday, April 26, 2012
Politically Correct Heraldry in the News!
A post in the Wilmington Conservative Examiner earlier this month (April 4, 2012), noted that the Real Madrid Club de Fútbol (Royal Madrid Football Club) had changed its logo: they removed the cross from atop the royal crown on their logo.
(At left is the "old" logo; at right the new one.) The cross was removed since the team has partnered with the United Arab Emirates in a $1 billion Real Madrid-themed island resort to be located in the Persian Gulf. The reason given for the removal of the cross from the crown is to "'to avoid any confusion or misinterpretation' in relation to a project being built in a largely Muslim region." The cross, with the crown atop it, was added to the Real Madrid logo in 1920, when the club received royal patronage from King Alfonso XIII.
The article goes on to note another earlier case of heraldic amputation when the Swedish Army made a slight change to the coat of arms of the Nordic Battlegroup, removing the pizzle (the heraldic term for penis) from the heraldic lion on the Battlegroup's arms because of protests from its female members.
The full story can be found on-line at: http://www.examiner.com/conservative-in-wilmington/spain-soccer-team-erases-christian-cross-from-logo-to-appease-muslim-nation