I know I recently promised to be done with this topic for all time, having learned that Dan Snyder once promised Bob Novak that the Redskins team name would never change, rendering all present discussion an utter waste of time.
But that was before I found out that the women of “The View” had a round-table discussion on the team name. You’re not seriously asking me, a devotee of all that is ridiculous in the world of D.C. sports, to ignore a panel discussion on the topic featuring Whoopi Goldberg and Elisabeth Hasselbeck? Surely you’d never be so cruel as to request that.
And when the discussion eventually led to Joy Behar asking why it’s okay for a team to be called the Houston Rednecks — since necks, after all, involve skin — you can now retire to your fainting couch knowing that this exact topic has caused 43 percent of Americans to actually lose their minds.
Goldberg: We’re dealing with a sports team called the Redskins.
Hasselbeck: The Redskins right now, I’m sure if you saw like on SportsCenter last night, the NFL, they were all talking about the Redskins, whether or not they should change the name. There’s a new lawsuit that Native Americans have brought against the trademark and against the team, I believe, to try to get them to change the name because it’s offensive. It’s a big debate. You know, what precedent does this set, you know? The name Redskin, alone, is defined as something offensive.
Sheri Shepherd: I say if a community comes out and says this is offensive to me, then who are we to say your feelings don’t matter in it? And with Redskins, it’s a derogatory term.
Hasselbeck: It is. It is.
Shepherd: And I think people used to use that term — well, that’s the way we’ve always done it….
Hasselbeck: They should actually take advantage of the time now. Because Tim played for the Redskins — I think they should actually take advantage now while they have RGIII – who’s a great quarterback, and they’re successful – and make the change now. They don’t have to worry about sales, they’ll make up the funds. Change it, don’t worry about it. The only offense you should have to worry about is the one on the field.”
Behar: I have a question, how come you can say the Houston Rednecks? Because aren’t the necks part of the skin? I don’t get it. I mean, I’m asking a legitimate question. This is my sports question of the day.
Hasselbeck: You can’t. You can’t.
Goldberg: I just want to point out that this is her sports question, and people always think I’m high.