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Admiral Ackbar Ignites Backlash at Ole Miss

2/28/2010 2:10 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Admiral Ackbar is causing a serious disturbance in the force at Ole Miss -- where several Rebel fans are threatening to abandon the school if the alien leader becomes the new mascot.



The masterminds behind the Admiral Ackbar mascot campaign tell TMZ they've been contacted by angry students, threatening to transfer if the legendary rebel shot caller is voted to become the new face of Ole Miss.

The group has even received complaints from the parents of current students and prospective students -- with some even threatening to "never send their kids to Ole Miss" if the Admiral wins out.

As we previously reported, the school recently voted to bring in a new mascot to replace the old, controversial rebel mascot ... and Ackbar has emerged as an early favorite.

Still no word on when an official decision will be made.

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Jethrow    

FFFFFFOOOOOOIIIIISSSST Ya'll...

1706 days ago
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justSAYIN    

Ole Miss doesn't deserve someone of Admiral Ackbars stature.

1706 days ago
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JLS    

I didn't even know what Admiral Ackbar OR Ole Miss was! Then I looked it up. Who cares? Sheesh. Must be a slow news day today.

1706 days ago
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Daniel W.    

IT'S A TRAP!!!

1706 days ago
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Carl    

Silly me, I thought people would choose what college to attend based on how good of an education you could get there. I guess it is really the school mascot that lands you the good jobs.

Having a weird mascot hasn't hurt the Univ. of California Santa Cruz. Go Banana Slugs!

1706 days ago
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C'mon TMZ    

Why the hell are they so worried about a mascot?! Idiots!

1706 days ago
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skimps macgee    

I don't even understand the question. Is this something I should be worried about? I am thinking no, so I will make some pancakes and practice my golf swing.

1706 days ago
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Jake    

This proves the ignorance of our national colleges and the students etal. To think these are the people who PLAN to lead our nation one day makes me puke.

1706 days ago
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Rickie K    

I think It's crazy. It's awful to look at. Bring back the real Old Miss Rebel. He belongs on the football field.

1706 days ago
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Bash a Pap    

This is so typical for Mississippi. They care more about mascots than the quality of their children's education. Once again proving why Mississippi remains at the bottom of the educational barrel in this country.

1706 days ago
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jfp    

That school is full of snobs and racists. I can tell you that its a fact that they see the SW character as another hidden racial insult.

1706 days ago
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Darlene    

WHATS WRONG WITH IT???!!!

1706 days ago
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markko    

Silly old redneck racists. When I went to university, it was the education the I cared about, not the silly mascot that the school had.

1706 days ago
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jfp    

Here is something I can tell you about Mississippi. Basically there are three types/groups of people.
1st would be the snobs and racists like the ones at Ole Miss. They run the political offices statewide,and they run the church’s, business’s, etc. They act like snobs because they think they own everything and pretty much do.
2nd would be the blacks that for the most part see all whites as group 1 above. When they meet whites that seem kind and friendly they see them as BS artists from group one.
3rd group is made up of whites that don’t have a racist bone in their body but they are seldom recognized by the other groups because in a bizarre twist they are judged by the color of their skin.
This is somewhat over simplified but nevertheless true.

1706 days ago
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jfp    

If you must go to a school in Ms then go to Ms State. Its a better university and where the group 2 and 3 kids go.

1706 days ago
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