Redskins Get Backlash for Wishing Fans ‘Happy Thanksgiving’ on Twitter

26 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Edit The Washington Redskins sent out a perfectly oblivious Thanksgiving tweet.

Ah, Thanksgiving, a day for packing in as much poultry and pigskin as possible. Newton once theorized that, in addition to the law of universal gravitation, there was another invisible force at work in our world: This force is most evident when a national holiday and a brand come in contact on Twitter, and, like gravity, it involves falling — or, as we call it in 2015, failing.WASHINGTON — The Washington Redskins, a team that has received increasing amounts of scrutiny for a name that some perceive as disrespectful to Native Americans in recent years, tweeted a “Happy Thanksgiving” to its fans Thursday morning. Owner Dan Snyder has adamantly refused to change the team name, even after a federal judge ordered the cancellation of the Redskins’ trademark earlier this year. Only 14 percent of Native Americans think the team should change its name, compared to 83 percent who think the name should stay, according to a 2014 Associated Press/Gfk poll.

The D.C. football team has been embroiled in controversy over its team name — an offensive word for Native Americans — for years. (If you’re unclear as to why the name is offensive, this Daily Show segment can get you up to speed.) But rather than miss out on the holiday fun, the team’s official Twitter account posted this glaringly oblivious graphic: At least you can be thankful the Redskins aren’t playing today, so their controversial brand won’t add to your surely contentious Thanksgiving discussions. Although responses varied from merely dismayed to profane, there was one repeated question, and that was this: When it is so much easier not to tweet than to tweet …

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