People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA as they’re better known, have another zany cockamamie idea up their sleeves, but this one isn’t totally ridiculous like most things thrown out by the controversial organization.
PETA made a (presumably) tongue-in-cheek suggestion recently centering around the ongoing controversy with the Washington Redskins. With a growing number of people believing the Redskins moniker is racist and offensive to Native Americans, PETA has an idea. The organization says that the Redskins should keep their name as is, but instead of using a Native American as its mascot, the new Redskins’ logo should be a potato — a redskin potato.
“When you hear the word ‘redskin,’ what do you immediately think of?” wrote PETA’s Alisa Mullins. “Potatoes, of course! And who could be offended by a harmless redskin potato — except, maybe, for the Yukon Gold lobby [and if Alaska had a football team, rest assured that we'd be the first to suggest the Yukon Gold Diggers as a franchise name].”
The blog post also points to the fact that there’s still a heritage connection with the name, as potatoes are quite literally “native Americans,” as they were cultivated in Peru once upon a time.
“By keeping the name and adopting a heart-healthy, appeeling logo, the Washington Redskins would set a powerful example on and off the field, And that’s no small potatoes.”
It’s an interesting idea, sure, but keeping the word Redskins may still upset some people. Thinking along the same lines, though, how about the Washington Potato Skins, instead?
Hat tip to SportsGrid for passing this along.
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