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Former FCC Chair: The Name Redskins Obscene

4-8-13

In an opinion piece in the Washington Post, former FCC chairman Reed Hundt says its time the government put pressure on Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder to change the name of his football team. "Congress has repeatedly passed laws and otherwise raised a ruckus about indecent language on the broadcast airwaves used for radio and television," he wrote.

Hundt writes, "Cultural standards evolve. The meaning of the public interest also, of course, evolves. Almost all of us adults who grew up as Washington football fans used, without thinking, a name for the hometown team that is now clearly inappropriate." If broadcasters follow their own tradition, they will insist that Snyder no longer put them in the intolerable position of using a derogatory term to describe his team. So, too, should the FCC applaud broadcasters for pursuing the name change." Read Hundt's piece HERE




(4/8/2013 1:26:46 PM)
REDSKINS. Maybe about 200 years ago, it was an offensive term. I am much too young to have ever heard it uttered as an insult. I was not part of the Trail of Tears (and I HATED learning of it--AWFUL!). I HAVE been a REDSKINS fan since I was old enough to remember, perhaps as young as 3 years old. The REDSKINS name is now a part of me, and it always will be, as it represents PRIDE, HONOR, COURAGE, and a WARRIOR SPIRIT! I am offended that it may change. What about MY FEELINGS? ALL HAIL!

- Curtis REDSKIN Hamlett
(4/8/2013 11:17:05 AM)
Historical perspective and grandfather clauses should protect the name of any club or team from the political correct posse of any new generation. It seems to be just the human condition to consider what was once good as now bad generation to generation. Just laugh, it really is not that important.

- Daniel P. Mitchell
(4/8/2013 10:38:26 AM)
And what about "Magic Johnson"? Gonna make him change his name too?

- Edge of Idaho
(4/8/2013 9:35:13 AM)
The NFL and other pro-sports franchises must be cringing - waiting for a lobby of animals to be formed, bringing charges that teams are exploiting their names. Losing seasons, they would say, denigrates the noble name of the offended species.

Although, to be fair, it is quite understandable that a Canadian hockey team had its original, suggested name nixed before even designing the logo. They were to be called "The Saskatoon Spear Chuckers".

Bad idea - for all the right reasons.

- Ronald T. Robinson

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