• South Park Takes Politically Correct Jab At Redskins In New TV Ad

    South Park is celebrating its 18th season with a trailer that pokes fun at the Washington Redskins, the NFL team that is under fire for its name.

    The trailer was perfectly positioned and ran during the fourth quarter of the Washington vs Philadelphia game on Sunday. The clip shows Redskins owner Dan Snyder and Eric Cartman playing the role of a businessman who has bought the Redskins’ trademark–after it was canceled by a federal board–and has since used it as the name of his own company.

    “Don’t you see that when you refer to your company as the Washington Redskins it’s offensive to us?” an offended-looking cartoon Snyder says, ironically. “It’s derogatory, Mr. Cartman.”

    Cartman responds to Snyder by saying he’s chosen to use the name out of respect. “When I named my company ‘Washington Redskins,’ it was done out of deep appreciation for your team and your people.”

    The redskins will play the New York Giants on Thursday night, the day after the South Park episode is scheduled to air. The game will be called by Phil Simms, who has pledged to avoid using the team name–a decision that has forced Redskins fans to push a petition to get Simms banned from CBS.

    Although it is surprising to see South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone choose a politically correct clip to promote the season premiere, it is, however, too early to know if the entire episode will follow that same narrative. It also begs the question of whether or not South Park’s 18th season will include episodes centering around domestic violence, an issue that has plagued, not just one team but, the entire National Football League. It would also be a miss if South Park didn’t take a jab at ISIS, as it has famously criticized and caricatured Islam (and other religions) in the past.

    South Park’s ad is just the latest addition in a long list of drama surrounding the Redskins. Last week, Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA) announced that she would introduce legislation to take away the NFL’s tax-exempt status for its “refusal to address the name of the Washington Redskins.” A few weeks ago, “Outside The Lines,” host Bob Ley compared the Washington Redskins’ team name to slavery and race-based opposition to African-America baseball player Jackie Robinson.

    An “Outside the Lines” poll revealed that 7 in 10 Americas favor the Redskins name. Another 68% saying they think the nickname is not disrespectful of Native Americans. A recent NFL poll, revealed that a majority of current Redskins fans don’t think the team’s name should be changed.

    Redskins owner Dan Snyder says he will “never change the name.” Snyder also urges that people talk about the real issues facing Native American communities, instead of spending energy on a debate about the team’s nickname.

    “No one ever talks about what’s happening on reservations,” Snyder said “The fact that they have such high unemployment rates, health care issues, education issues, environmental issues, lack of water, lack of electricity.”

    “No one wants to talk about that stuff, because it’s not cocktail, chit-chat-talk, it’s a real-life need, real-life issues. And I think they don’t want to focus on that.”

    Jerome Hudson

    Managing Editor

    Jerome Hudson has written for numerous national outlets, including The Hill, National Review, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and was recognized as one of Florida’s emerging stars, having been included in the list “25 Under 30: Florida’s Rising Young Political Class.” Hudson is a Savannah, Ga. native who currently resides in Florida.

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