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Motorhead Fans Start a Petition to Have a "Jack and Coke" Renamed a "Lemmy"

by Ryan Hudak on Jan 12, 2016 in Culture
Motorhead Fans Start a Petition to Have a

With all the petition websites out there these days, anyone can petition people for anything—and it’s starting to show. After some breweries got together to waste everyone’s time with a cheap marketing ploy to rename Thursday “Thirstday,” some fans of the late Lemmy Kilmister are petitioning for the Jack and Coke to be henceforth referred to as a “Lemmy.”

Lemmy’s passing indeed took fans of Motorhead—and much of music in general—by surprise, and this petition is at least a more noble cause than a lot of them out there,  but it will still be a waste of time, even to the 40,000+ people who have currently signed the petition. It may very well reach the 50,000 signatures it wants on change.org, but then what?

When it does reach the required signatures—which are petitioned to “The Entire World”—is anyone going to actually call a Jack and Coke a “Lemmy”?  Even if you signed the petition and want so badly for it to be renamed after one of rock’s gods, what is going to happen if you walk into a bar and order a Lemmy? Unless the bartender is a good friend or you’re a regular, you’ll get a blanket stare and then you’ll have to specify what you want by its actual name.

So, can we stop wasting people’s time with silly petitions that will get nowhere? In the end, the petition is a nice idea to pay tribute to someone who meant a lot to many, but ultimately will fall on deaf ears—possibly ears made deaf by just how damn loud Motorhead was.  

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