Nearly everyone has an opinion on the Washington Redskins at this point. Once team owner Daniel Snyder emphatically stated the franchise would never change its name this past summer, people have really started to speak out against it. Clearly, Native Americans find the name Redskins to be offensive, but the general public is really starting to get behind the name change at this point as well. Even President Obama has spoke out against it.
Now, PETA has decided to weigh in. Normally, they keep their opinions to animal-related topics, but in this case they’ve come up with one heck of a solution for Redskins. PETA is proposing that the team should keep its name, but change its logo to a potato. That’s right, a redskined potato.
Here’s the official statement from PETA’s website:
“The redskin potato would be a noble mascot for a variety of reasons. Potatoes are also native Americans, having been cultivated in Peru for millennia. A tasty, versatile, animal- and environmentally friendly vegan staple, potatoes are now the most popular vegetable in the U.S. They are loaded with nutrients, including iron, potassium, vitamin C, fiber, and even protein, and red potatoes in particular are high in antioxidants. (Take that, Cheeseheads.)”
This writer raises a valid point – redskin potatoes are pretty awesome. But I’m going to doubt that Snyder and company would go for this logo change.
I believe it’s now only a matter of time before Washington changes its name. There’s already quite a bit of steam behind the movement to change it and eventually the pressure will be too great for the franchise to withstand.