According to the president of the Mobile Mardi Gras mystic society Order of Isis, the ladies’ group will now be known simply as OOI.
Because of the rise of the notorious Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, also known as ISIS, the members of the Mardi Gras group decided to boil its name down to OOI.
Here is the full statement released by the president: “Due to recent events in the Middle East, there has been unfortunate confusion over the name of our group versus the terrorist army that has invaded Syria and Iraq. Our organization, founded in 2008, was named after Isis, the Egyptian goddess of motherhood and nature.
“Our name, of course, has nothing to do with the ISIS acronym that the media has applied to the terrorists. Our organization does not intend to change its name, but to avoid any confusion, it will be referred to simply as OOI for the foreseeable future. Those who know Mobile Mardi Gras know our name and our group, but those who do not understand Mardi Gras could react badly to our name, and that’s understandable.
“At our own expense, we have changed our logo and our emblem throws for Mardi Gras 2015 to say only OOI. In light of the horrific events taking place in the Middle East, especially at the hands of the Islamic State, the problem created for our women’s group is less than insignificant. However, we wish to go on doing what we’ve been doing for almost seven years now, simply spreading Mardi Gras cheer and goodwill. We certainly don’t want the name of our organization creating any confusion or bad feelings.”
The president said members were recently confronted by people who did not understand the “Order of Isis” printed on their T-shirts, and the organization simply did not want to be targeted by people who do not realize it was named after an Egyptian goddess.
According to stories in the media, at least one company has changed its Isis name, while another is keeping it. When contacted by Mobile Mask, the captain of the Krewe of Isis, a ladies Mardi Gras group in Metairie, Louisiana, said her group will make no changes. She wrote in an email that “for 43 years, our name has represented a wonderful group of women, who are proud Americans and who will not give in or give up a title we have created and maintained with dignity and pride.”