Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 84876
owl has connotation of stupidity in some cultures
Last modified: 2008-05-01 11:38:05 EDT
Description of problem:
Although in First World cultures the owl is thought to be wise by association
with Athena, in other cultures that is not necessarily the case. Indeed, in some
Asian cultures the owl is thought of as stupid. RedHat may, therefore, want to
reconsider its use of the graphic of the owl holding a RedHat manual on its
documentation CD, or limit it to versions of the index-*.html files that will be
used by people in cultores for which the owl has the desired connotation.
Very much so.
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Insert RedHat Linux Documentation CD.
2. Open index.html in the CD's root directory using your favorite browser.
I'd suggest the image of a cinema usher with a flashlight. They may be out of vogue
here in North America, but I have no doubt that in other countries the cinema usher
is still a recognizable (and inoffensive) figure.
I asked the people from Asian descent on our translation team, and they
said that the owl does not mean "stupidity" in any of their cultures. In fact,
some Asian cartoons use the owl to symbolize wisdom. I don't think it needs to