Columns / Discourse / May 19, 2010

What’s Wrong with Knox: I’d tap that

A few weeks ago I received a metal water bottle. I received this for free because I signed a promise earlier this year that I would not buy bottled water anymore in hopes to save the amount of plastic used on this campus. I thought this was a wonderful idea so I quickly signed up. Unfortunately, after waiting many weeks to receive this bottle, I was irked to see what was printed on the side.

Certainly Knox Advocates for Recycling and Environmental Support (KARES) has worked hard to get us these quality bottles and I will try my best not to break the promise I have signed. KARES has put in a large amount of money to get us these bottles and we should be grateful for this. The message that they now proudly display does a disservice for the work KARES has done.

Certainly you have seen this statement yourself on your bottle or someone else’s. It states “I’d Tap That” with a faucet over the statement. This statement is a crude sexual statement in our society, a sexual statement that I hope people have grown out of by this time in their life. It is a statement that should anger the mature population on this campus.

Nowhere does this statement make me think of the reason I am using this water bottle. Some may think this is a silly statement that should not be worried about, but I plan on using this bottle outside of this campus and I worry what people in Galesburg and elsewhere might think of this bottle.

This statement reminds me of the crude campaign “Save the Ta-tas.” This campaign hoped to help raise money for breast cancer research, but it is done at the cost of tastefulness. If we are unable on this campus and in this society to help a good cause without making it a joke to promote it, then we need to become more mature ourselves.

If I knew this was going to be painted on the side, I would have reconsidered my decision before signing up for this program. I wish the bottle came blank or with something less controversial. Like a KARES symbol or a Knox Logo, or something less cheesy and crude.

I am now forced to cover up this statement with blue duct tape in hopes of not showing it to passersby.

I ask you, Knox, why have you let this go without much discussion? Why have I only heard comments on this after I bring it up in conversation?

The magnitude of plastic bottles this program must be saving on this campus is wonderful, but it comes at the expense of maturity.

John Williams

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