German party starters Eskimo Callboy have had a change of heart following criticisms surrounding their name after the band went viral when they announced their application to represent Germany in Eurovision with their song ‘Pump It‘.
Whilst fans of the band saw nothing wrong with the term at first, Eskimo is a derogatory term in the United States (more commonly used in Alaska to refer to Inuit and Yupik people) and was coined as a colonial name imposed by non-Indigenous people. So, it kinda makes sense why they’re getting with the times and making necessary changes, especially as their popularity increases.
Soooo from now on, we’ll be referring to them as Electric Callboy!
In a video statement, the guys touched on the name change, revealing:
“We don’t want to hurt anyone, we don’t want to exclude anyone with our name and we definitely don’t want to promote any century old stereotypes… From now on we are called Electric Callboy”
The band also drew their attention to the attrocities taking place in the Ukraine highlighting that their name issue was not worth fighting over when there are bigger issues at play. They’ve also revealed their drummer David Friedrich has been helping refugees escape the war zone by taking them to safe spaces in Poland after dropping off relief supplies to the Ukraine border. His GoFundMe has been set up to assist with the process and the band requested fans help out with efforts there OR to purchase their first merch design with their new name with 100% of proceeds going towards David’s charity.
The new design will be available from their website as on Friday (local time). But what a great initiative and motivation for change. I think we can all agree the band are doing the right thing in this scenario and as they stated, the music and band will not change, just their name.
So get involved and help the lads make a difference!