PETA Demands Baseball Fans Get 'Woke,' Replace 'Bullpen' with 'Arm Barn'
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals claims term is 'offensive'
The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has called on Major League Baseball (MLB) fans to get "woke" and scrap the term “bullpen,” replacing it with something more “animal-friendly” instead.
In a pun-ridden statement, PETA “pitched” the idea to MLB as the World Series gets underway this week.
"As the World Series turns into a pitching duel, PETA is pitching a proposal to the baseball world,” PETA said.
"Strike out the word ‘bullpen,’ which references the holding area where terrified bulls are kept before slaughter, in favor of a more modern, animal-friendly term.”
"PETA’s suggestion? The arm barn!” the group said.
“Bullpen” refers to the area of a “bull’s pen” where bulls are held before they are slaughtered—it’s a word with speciesist roots & we can do better than that.— Arm Barn (@peta) October 28, 2021
Switching to “arm barn” would be a home run for baseball fans, players, and animals 💪⚾️ pic.twitter.com/2FzSpDG9mQ
"Words matter and baseball ‘bullpens’ devalue talented players and mock the misery of sensitive animals," PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman said.
"PETA encourages Major League Baseball coaches, announcers, players, and fans to change-up their language and embrace the ‘arm barn’ instead."
PETA also takes issue with other commonplace expressions which it claims "perpetuate speciesism."
"People are striving to eradicate racist, sexist, homophobic, and ableist phrases (or team names) from our common language," according to PETA.
"But unfortunately, many of us also grew up hearing phrases that condone violence toward animals and perpetuate speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview.
"Sayings such as 'kill two birds with one stone,' 'beat a dead horse,' 'bring home the bacon,' and 'bullpen' all normalize violent acts against some of the most defenseless members of our society."
Unsurprisingly, many people on Twitter thought the suggestion to switch to the term "arm barn" was quite comical.
"now warming up in the arm barn"— Clint Frazier (@clintfrazier) October 28, 2021
"who is that warming up in the arm barn?"
please name it this!!! 🤣🤣🤣 https://t.co/h4OOcCkBzB
"This really feels like something that would be in @TheOnion," someone opined.
"I'm not convinced that PETA isn't just a bunch of trolls and possibly the greatest comedic geniuses of our time," another tweet said.
"'Arm Barn' is a hilarious and therefore objectively superior name," another person posted.
"One of the few remaining bipartisan trends in America is people from all walks of life thinking @PETA is a joke," Frank Luntz tweeted.