EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Some are crying foul over the University of Oregon's reaction to a humorous rap video paying homage to the No. 10 Ducks that has gone viral on the Internet.
A local rap group that calls itself "Supwitchugirl" posted its musical ode to Oregon's football team on YouTube a couple of weeks ago and it immediately took on a cyberspace life of its own.
"I Love My Ducks" has since been feted on a national sports radio show. Coach Chip Kelly saw it and invited the group to his office. The rap challenged Lady Gaga's latest on a local radio station's top songs list.
The song is infectious, even if the rhymes aren't exactly cerebral.
"Holy moly! Is that my boy Masoli? Cookin' up the offense like he's cookin' ravioli," it goes, giving due to Ducks quarterback Jeremiah Masoli. It also describes Kelly: "And then there is Chip. So crispy, so nifty, so cleeeaaaan."
So what is all the controversy about? The rap video, filmed over the course of a few days and put together on a personal computer, features an appearance by the Oregon Duck mascot.
Oregon uses the Donald Duck character as its mascot under a special agreement with Disney. Because of the sensitive copyright issue, Oregon's athletic department contacted the group and requested they remove it from YouTube. They did, but it was too late — the video had been reposted on different sites many times over — more than 300,000 times according to the group.
The student in the Duck suit who was in the video was suspended for Oregon's game last weekend at Arizona State (There are four students who earn the right to portray the Duck for different events).
Some, including a columnist for The Oregonian newspaper, have said the university is being a wet blanket. The rap has no bad language and no one is making money off it.
A spokesman for Oregon's athletic department did not respond to a request by The Associated Press for comment.
Meanwhile, Supwitchugirl says on their Facebook page that a Portland company has offered to edit the Duck out of the rap, in hopes of being able to put it up on Autzen Stadium's video scoreboard during the annual Civil War on Dec. 3. The game, arguably the biggest in the 115-year series, will pit the No. 10 Ducks against No. 16 Oregon State with the winner heading to the Rose Bowl.
No word from the university whether the proposal was even a possibility.