first_img But really the guy is supposed to be a short ginger leprachaun. I’m all for equality but cmon.— Chris Barish (@chris_barish_22) September 3, 2019Yes a little pale white ginger with red hair is the only thing that should be allowed.— Silverstim (@Silverstim1) September 3, 2019Almost as many people on Twitter came to Jackson’s defense, though, calling out those who said he didn’t look the part.But Jackson has taken the criticism in stride. In a Tweet, Jackson asked that Notre Dame fans channel the “negative energy” into “bringing us together this season.”Like it or not, this guy right here is still one of your Notre Dame leprechauns! How about we use this negative energy to bring us together this season? See y’all next game 😉☘️ #GoIrish pic.twitter.com/adYbTgUplU— Jamuel Sackson (@samuelbjackson) September 4, 2019Back in April, Jackson was named to a historic group of Notre Dame mascots that also included the first female leprechaun in history. It was the most diverse group of mascots ever formed.The Notre Dame leprechaun is an iconic character, but considering that it’s based on a myth and not real, there’s really no need to take what he or she looks like all that seriously. A general view of Notre Dame's football stadium.SOUTH BEND, IN – SEPTEMBER 26: A general view of Notre Dame Stadium as the Notre Dame Fighting Irish take on the Massachusetts Minutemen on September 26, 2015 in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)The Notre Dame leprechaun is one of the most iconic mascots in all of sports. Notre Dame student Samuel Jackson was honored to be selected to represent the character this year.But Jackson had to deal with some inappropriate criticism on social media after making his debut this past week.Jackson is only the second African-American to play the leprechaun, and many people disliked that he got the role.Nearly all of the criticism had to do with Jackson not looking like the traditional ginger-haired character in folklore.last_img