Anti 'Redskins' Campaign

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Anti 'Redskins' Campaign

Call me an insensitive old fud, but I'm with Dan Snyder, owner of the Washington National Football League fran­chise, in his unwillingness to change the nickname of his team.

The latest weapon being brought to bear is a 60-second version of this advocacy video airing in seven television markets1 during tonight's Game 3 of the National Basketball Association finals between the San Antonio Spurs and the Miami Heat.

(That's right... a basketball game!)

It's a well-produced spot with compelling images and a strong message... but then it is designed to evoke an emo­tional response, rather than a rational one.

It reminds me of 1971's anti-littering "Keep America Beau­tiful" public service spot featuring noted "B" Western movies actor, "Iron Eyes" Cody... and just as fake.

"Cody," Louisiana-born Espera Oscar DeCorti, a son of Sicilian immigrants, worked hard to maintain his bogus Native American credentials right up to his passing in 1994.

(What was real was the distinctive basso pro­fundo voice-over by actor William Conrad.)

So the forces of political correctitude have again ginned up in an attempt to force Snyder, through a public relations on­slaught, to abandon the 81-year-old identity of his team!

Should they succeed, ChangeTheMascot.org's next stop will likely be Atlanta, Georgia and Cleveland, Ohio.

Note
  1. Washington, San Francisco, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York and Sacramento.

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