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I really don't like the "BHO" design...

Posted by Strelnieks on Sunday, May 7, 2023

I've been a member of the Players' Union since 2011 and a big reason is the t-shirt. I always get at least one t-shirt and I still have all of them. Some designs are better than others, however, and this year I am opting out. I really don't like the "BHO" thing.

For one thing, there is neither the word "banjo" nor a picture of one. So nobody knows what it is. In America, that might matter less (although it still matters), because people might ask. Here in Europe, people generally don't identify with what is on their shirt, sports teams being the exception. Whatever is on the shirt is just some random logo (often just a brand logo or neutral wording in English like "College Athletics Department" or "Mountain Adventure"). So nobody asks - unless it is obviously something unique and interesting. Part of why I wear the t-shirts, however, is to find other pickers. "BHO" doesn't mean anything. 

There is also the political angle. I have no real problem with Obama - I voted for him twice, although I have become more conservative over the years and, given a time machine, I might reconsider the 2012 vote. Maybe not. Who knows. Regardless of the who, however, I don't like the banjo t-shirt having an unintentional but none-too-subtle political statement, left or right. When I see "BHO" I think, "Barack Hussein Obama". I don't think most people do, but enough do that I think it annoying.

I still wear the 2012 shirt with a similar logo, but with less enthusiasm than the others. At least it has a banjo reference on the back. I don't use the BHO stickers. (The best sticker design was the round one a few years back - tasteful colors, standard instrument-case size and shape, banjo image and fully spelled out name.) Anyway, for the first time since joining, I will get the membership without the t-shirt and hope for something better next year.

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