Sports Clemson football fans beg Clemson fans to stop a certain Tigers cheer
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Many Clemson football fans and alumnithat a few fans and students were seen holding up during Saturday's win over the South Carolina State Bulldogs.
What was supposed to resemble the famous tiger paw was seen as an "arthritic hand gesture" to at least one observer on Twitter.
The gesture came from a movement that started on Instagram by newer students of Clemson University to try to start a new tradition, according to student Wil Niesen.
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"By the looks of the reaction by the Clemson community, they may have bitten off a little more than they can chew," Niesen said.
Student Patrick Magroin said it was all in fun when he and friends thought it was funny to simulate a paw with their hands.
This has to stop immediately. Should have never started. What even is this?— Alex Dodd (@alexdoddshow)
"University of Southern California, Texas State University, University of Tennessee, they've all got these hand signs — why don't we?" Magroin said. "Our brand is a paw."
He considered it a joke among his friends until it started getting traction and then #PawsUp became a thing.
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"We were never trying to change the culture," he said.
Once they starting seeing the feedback, it became less fun, Magroin said.
The paw hand gestures must stop. Freakin' Gen Z is at it again, smh.— Kelly Gramlich (@kellygramlich)
A few Clemson fans likened the paw gesture to the "woo hoo" fans are heard cheering at a certain point in the Tiger Rag fight song — and they didn't mean that in a good way. The "woo hoo" was not commonly cheered just a generation ago.
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