The strange appeal of the Philadelphia Flyers mascot “Gritty,” who was first introduced last September, extends far beyond hockey. Although the big orange, seven-foot-tall crazy-eyed monster was initially mocked and reviled, the city — and, eventually the world — quickly came around to the puzzling beast. People who had never watched a single game of hockey in their lives embraced Gritty as an antifa champion of the people, an LQBTQ icon, and so on and so forth.
In other words, those who love Gritty do not tend to be the types of people who closely follow the goings-on of the Kardashians, and a Venn diagram of Gritty die-hards and Kardashian fans may be two circles that don’t even touch. So when Gritty sent a flattering reply to one of Kim Kardashian’s tweets, people were not amused.
Kardashian, who has gotten into criminal justice activism over the past year or two, is currently on a four year path to becoming a lawyer — despite the fact that she has not attended law school. She detailed her plan in a recent Instagram post explaining that she is required to take written and multiple choice tests monthly to achieve her goal.
“Aced my test btw,” she tweeted on Wednesday, to which Gritty replied, “beauty & brains,” adding a smiling face with three hearts emoji.
beauty & brains
— Gritty (@GrittyNHL) April 18, 2019
So predictably, there were jokes and remarks lobbed at Gritty and Kardashian’s expense, and some of them were brutal:
No Gritty! pic.twitter.com/IaRoVJ5WJT
— x – Kelly (@kellymiche) April 18, 2019
gritty no! pic.twitter.com/QW138O05PO
— Horny Reply Watchgoose (@ReplyGoose) April 18, 2019
You’re losing status rapidly @GrittyNHL commenting on KKW.
— Rebecca Smith (@Fox19Rebecca) April 18, 2019
Easy Gritty. It was a hepatitis test.
— George (@beers_nolan) April 18, 2019
Gritty…. no. Don’t do this
— heather (@bmh_02) April 18, 2019
Baby pics leaked pic.twitter.com/H7dFZfD6wp
— Ailish Forfar (@ailishforfar) April 18, 2019
— Nick (@Nick_Venuti) April 18, 2019
But then others tweeted at Gritty respecting his game:
Gritty sliding in like pic.twitter.com/2sExnncwjb
— Kevin Pillar Fan Account (@RichHomieDave11) April 18, 2019
— parch (@Dongforto) April 18, 2019
Gritty shooting his shot ¯_(ツ)_/¯ https://t.co/VX0THZSMcF
— Hockey Night in Canada (@hockeynight) April 18, 2019
— i-RoD215 (@I_Rod215) April 18, 2019
It’s probably too soon to call whether Gritty deserves to be canceled over the indiscretion, but let’s just say for now he’s skating on thin ice. (Oh yeah I did.)