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Mash-up! PETA Endorses NFL Washington Redskin Potatoes

ICTMN Staff
10/16/13

The Washington Senators, the Washington Renegades and even the Washington Hogs are some of the suggestions fans are offering to Dan Snyder to replace his beloved Redskins. Now, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals–PETA--is giving the NFL team theirs: A redskin potato.

The animal rights group said that the idea had been ‘cooking’ for a while and revealed the name in a recent blog post.

“When you hear the word ‘redskin,’ what do you immediately think of? 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),” PETA said.

Their logo shows a white plate with gold trim and a red potato in the center of the plate. Green veggies are plated on the side with the logo “Washington Redskins” in the bottom right-hand corner.

“The redskin potato would be a noble mascot for a variety of reasons,” the group said on its blog. “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.”

The Kansas City Star called the idea ‘half-baked’ because PETA did not say that the team should change its name, just its logo.

PETA points out that potatoes are now the most popular veggie in the country.

 

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Hazel Hearty's picture
Hazel Hearty
Submitted by Hazel Hearty on
No Redskin Name at all....The reference to Native Americans would still be there....I agree with the Kansas City Star that PETA idea is "half-baked" and not appropriate. I can assure you that I will NEVER make another donation to PETA.

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builds-the-fire
Submitted by builds-the-fire on
Do they not realize how insulting their "idea" is, or how offensive? Are they that wrapped up in themselves?

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Sharon Cole
Submitted by Sharon Cole on
Sharon Cole Naah, in this case the image has been branded into social memory. People would still see the lingering image of that Native face in feathers as a logo. That whole name "redskin" is bad, even for a potato; simply because it reduces the potato to its outer covering without any regard for its value as a food source. In like manner, to call an Indian a "redskin", verbally "reduces" the Indian to no more than his/her skin "covering", without any regard for the human being underneath the "skin". Picture this, would anyone who has been called a "whiteskin" and whose people have been on the other side of the U.S. War Dept. feel comfortable with the team begin named "whiteskin" with a Idaho potato for a logo? I think not. I think to suggest that a potato would solve the detriment caused by that racist term is to trivialize and further degrade the serious damage done when anyone, especially the NFL allows mockery and disparagement of human beings in the name of sport and entertainment. Keep the potatoes out of this and face the serious issue of racist disparagement and drop the term NOW! Like · Reply · about a minute ago · Edited (copied from Facebook comment)

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Diana Wright
Submitted by Diana Wright on
While PETA's idea is creative, cute and a great bit of satire, I am reminded of the first rule when doing business with the devil. Don't! May I suggest that publishing the article here might be ill-advised? Consider the alternative schenario in which the owner of the Washington football team makes a clever comment about PETA attempting to block a buffalo hunt on a reservation?
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