Welcome to the canceldome! The University of Nevada, Las Vegas has taken down the Hey Reb! statue after being blasted for the statue being "rooted in racist ideology." The statue will be returned to the donor.

The college is also considering what to do next with their mascot.

UNLV president Marta Meana stated: “I wanted to let you know that the Hey Reb! statue in front of the Tam Alumni Center was taken down this evening. In recent conversations with the donor we mutually agreed it was best to remove the statue and return it... Over the past few months, I have had discussions with multiple individuals and stakeholder groups from campus and the community on how best the university can move forward given recent events throughout our nation. That includes the future of our mascot. The frequency of those conversations has increased in recent weeks, and I will have more to share with campus once the listening tour is complete.” (Fox News)

What about the Rebels mascot? Here's where the Rebels nickname stems from, per UNLV's website:

"After establishing the Rebels nickname, Nevada Southern (NS) students also created Beauregard, a cartoon wolf with a Confederate uniform, to “rebel” against UNR and its wolf-pack mascot in the North … While it was a decision based in rivalry and fun, the choice of a Confederate-themed mascot was nonetheless an unfortunate one.”

That image got banned back in the 1970s. Later, they took on the "Hey Reb!" mascot, but now that one might get canceled too.

A petition demanding the college gets rid of the mascot says the Hey Reb! is racist.

An online petition calling on the university to change the mascot called the Hey Reb! image “racist.”

The petition, quoted by Paulina Dedaj of Fox News, stated:
"The 'Rebel' is racist and is rooted in a Confederate mythology which has no place on our campus," the petition said. "The mascot, originally named 'Beauregard' after the Confederate general who fired the first shots of the Civil War, presents a public image that runs counter to our core values and UNLV's mission to become the leading multicultural university in the United States. Having a mascot that is inextricably connected to a failed regime whose single aim was to preserve the institution of slavery is an embarrassment to our campus and to our community."