Should ‘Dixie Cups’ drop Dixie from its name like the ‘Dixie Chicks?’
Well, following the announcement, the country trio was officially changing its name to ‘The Chicks’ the phrase ‘Dixie Cups’ starting trending on Twitter — asking if the company behind the wildly popular paper cups should part ways with its name and any connection to the possible racism.
The explosive discussion started on the social media site, and the back and forth bubbled up several people identifying the true history of the name ‘Dixie Cups.’
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“OK, I just saw that the Dixie Chicks changed their name to the Chicks. I think this is political correctness taken too far. Are Dixie Cups going to be called simply “cups” now?” one person tweeted, following the announcement by the country band.
Another added, “Why don’t, instead of changing names, we all just treat each other better? How about that?”
Turns out, several people researched the history behind the massive paper cup company and pointed out the origin of its name.
Several individuals shared the information on Twitter, taken from Dixie’s website, outlining the history of the name.
“With growing competition from other paper cup manufacturers, the company needed a more memorable name for its cups. Sharing production space in New York with the Dixie Doll Company,” the statement begins.
It continues, “Moore asked the dollmakers in 1916 if he could borrow the name for his cup. The name — catchy, short and replete with American associations — stuck.”
So, “Dixie Cups didn’t get their name from any sort of southern pride thing, the owners shared space with a doll company… …in New York,” one tweet read.
An interesting debate raged on concerning the one-time use connotation surrounding the name ‘Dixie Cup.’
“My dad used to call my generation the “Dixie Cup” generation because we used everything once and threw it away. He wasn’t wrong. It’s worse today. Maybe the conversation around Dixie Cups should change direction to an environmental one?” one person tweeted.
As we reported, ‘Dixie Chicks’ announced today it was dropping the word Dixie from its name, based on the nostalgic name for the old South being linked to racism.
Country group ‘Lady Antebellum’ did the same, changing its name to ‘Lady A’ — and new reports suggest even ‘Winn-Dixie’ supermarkets are considering changing their 95-year-old name for similar reasons.
— TheLastRefuge (@TheLastRefuge2) June 25, 2020