Bug 84876 - owl has connotation of stupidity in some cultures
Summary: owl has connotation of stupidity in some cultures
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Public Beta
Classification: Retired
Component: distribution
Version: phoebe
Hardware: i386
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Havoc Pennington
QA Contact:
Depends On:
Blocks: 79579
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2003-02-22 20:35 UTC by James Jones
Modified: 2008-05-01 15:38 UTC (History)
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Doc Type: Enhancement
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Last Closed: 2003-02-25 05:07:40 UTC

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Description James Jones 2003-02-22 20:35:41 UTC
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.

How reproducible:
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.

Comment 1 Elton Woo 2003-02-23 06:47:40 UTC
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.  

Comment 2 Tammy Fox 2003-02-25 05:07:40 UTC
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
be changed.

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