#redskins

Time for a Faux outrage free market?

Nestle has finally launched the new names which will replace “Redskins” and “Chicos”

Red Rippers and Cheekies. Were the chronic flatulence societies consulted? What about those who were victims of a serial killer?

One wonders whether Nestle would have saved more money cutting individual cheques to the handful of activists that complained instead of the 10,000s of hours spent rebranding two names that 99.999999% of the population never lost sleep over.

Faux outrage should be a tradable commodity.

Get woke, turn into a joke?

It seems that in the midst of announcing the retirement of the Redskins name, many others have been filing trademarks on what the new team might be called creating additional headaches for the owners.

Martin McCaulay has trademarked over 40 potential names and to maintain his trademark and be in compliance he sells merchandise for those names instead of merely squatting.

We don’t believe it was ever a good PR exercise for the franchise or the NFL but it just proves that getting woke has a price.

Given all of the money the Redskins will spend on PR companies, logo designers and merchandising experts, imagine if that money was actually deployed to programs assisting the very indigenous communities who won’t benefit one iota from a name change.

Have the cancel culture considered this? The fact that Native Americans are more likely to die of alcohol-related causes, diabetes or tuberculosis than others. Or that this community has the highest rate of intimate partner violence in the U.S. and twice the risk of child abuse and neglect?

The only thing the name change will do is make woke liberals feel better about themselves. We watch with interest to see whether any dent will be made in these ugly stats

How serious are the Redskins when they’re still selling merchandise with the logo?

Ultimately the Washington Redskins are a sporting franchise and the team website is still selling items bearing the Redskins name/logo, albeit at a discount. This is the same as L’Oreal removing the names of “skin-whitening” products but selling them anyway.

Makes us wonder if the management truly wished to reflect strict obedience to the cancel culture they would have immediately ceased the sale of these items too. They haven’t which speaks volumes about true commitment.

Put simply, the Redskins’ owners are proving to be unwilling passengers in this ordeal forced by sponsors and a sporting code which are holding them at gunpoint.

There is only one place the team and NFL are heading. The scrap heap. All so some woke liberals can appease some activists and feel good about themselves despite not creating one extra benefit to the very community they proclaim to support.

Will the left demand the US Army change the names of helicopters?

Now the left is piling on to force a name change on the Washington Redskins despite the fact that 90% of Native Americans showing no offense, will they demand that the US Army ditch the names of all the helicopters – the AH-64 Apache, the UH-1 Iroquois, the CH-58 Kiowa Warrior, H-13 Sioux, RAH-66 Comanche, UH-60 Black Hawk, CH-47 Chinook and the UH-72 Lakota – named after Native American tribes?

For context, the H-13 Sioux was named in honor of the Native Americans who fought Army soldiers in the Sioux Wars and defeated the 7th Calvary Regiment at the Battle of Little Bighorn.

The Department of Defense noted,

Native Americans also served as some of the fiercest fighters for the United States for more than 200 years. In fact, 32 Native Americans have earned the nation’s highest military award, the Medal of Honor.

The tradition of naming helicopters after Native Americans was once an official regulation. That regulation no longer stands, but the tradition continues.

Yes, Army Regulation 70-28 was created in 1969. The regulation listed criteria on how popular names would be given to major items of equipment. Helicopter names required approval from the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

These names had to promote confidence in the abilities, the aggressive spirit, tactical application of the helicopter and not sacrifice dignity. It was an honour. Not a slight. The helicopters, once confirmed, are part of a ceremony attended by Native American leaders, who bestow tribal blessings.

So it is a badge of honour, not a racist epithet.

If we were advising the Redskins response to Nike

Nike has stopped selling Washington Redskins gear and won’t resume sales until the NFL team changes its name.

Nike, alongside FedEx and PepsiCo have been put under pressure by activist investors. We can absolutely guarantee that the ultimate customers of money managers – individuals – want decent and sustainable returns, not woke virtue signaling.

Given investment houses often preach about the importance of accurate numbers, due diligence and shareholder returns, why not accept that over 90% of Native Americans have no issue with the name? Have Native Americans come out on mass demanding the name change?

The thing is that the majority demanding the change haven’t bothered to consult the very people who don’t appear to be bothered by it. Another typical woke liberal talking point to post to social media feeds to make themselves feel morally superior despite the fact that the majority don’t represent the very people they claim to.

What woeful governance practices to cave in to activists, who often don’t meet the very guidelines they demand of others.

Perhaps the Washington Redskins should return serve on Nike and demand that using a name from Greek mythology is cultural appropriation and not inclusive of the trans community. It should also request Nike stop making products that use cotton because of its links to slavery.

Furthermore, the use of synthetic materials that rely on the fossil fuels industry must be banned to show its commitment to combatting climate change.

The Redskins management should also demand that Nike force any staff member, executive, supplier, contractor or sports figure they sponsor not use Mercedes for its former links to slavery.

The cancel culture must apply across the board.

#PushBack. The corporate world has no place lecturing anyone on morals.

Alyssa Milano is a gift that keeps giving

Actress Alyssa Milano can’t stop outdoing herself in the hypocrisy stakes.

This time she took to demanding the Washington Redskins ditch the name because of offence it causes Native communities.

Never mind that Milano lent her name to “Touch by Alyssa Milano” which includes photos of her wearing Washington Redskins shirts.

If only she knew that a in May 2016, the heavily left-leaning WaPo released a poll targeted at self-identified Native Americans which produced the same results as the Annenberg poll of 2004. That is over 90% of the respondents were “not bothered” by the Redskins name.

For more links to Milano’s hypocrisy, please see the following link.

Happy Friday.

If this is the extent of oppression, the war is almost won, no?

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It is hard to keep up with the cancel culture – ripping down statues of historic figures who freed slaves, cancelling 80 year-old movies, banning comedies, stopping production of skin creams, renaming pancake syrup, and now children’s candy. So many products that nobody raised a whimper over for decades now all of a sudden have been deemed racist and we are drowning in nauseating woke apologies from corporate PR departments, many of whom have highly challenged pasts themselves meaning they are in no position to lecture the rest of us.

Now Australian candies, Redskins and Chicos will be renamed. Nestle, the owner of the Allens brand, wrote,

This decision acknowledges the need to ensure that nothing we do marginalises our friends, neighbours and colleagues...the names have overtones which are out of step with Nestle’s values, which are rooted in respect.

Can Nestle give us a comprehensive list of the number of complaints made because of these names? Has anyone seriously been triggered in their local supermarket when buying these products?

We wonder whether these acts have less to do with racism and more to do with polishing tarnished reputations unrelated to BLM. This site lists 10 most outrageous Nestle scandals. We have not verified these claims.

Seriously, if the name of candies or skin creams is the extent of the oppression of minorities, the war on racism has been largely won, no?

We wrote a while back about the removal of the Chief Wahoo caricature from the Cleveland Indians’ uniform, used since 1915,  by activist pressure.

Douglas Cardinal, an indigenous Canadian activist who pushed for the Cleveland team logo change said that “I had been thinking about the problems we have as a community with the issue of suicide, and I think there is a direct correlation between these kinds of depictions of our people as inferior and as caricatures to be mocked. It is wrong and it must stop.

Remember the same noise was made about the name of the Washington Redskins NFL team. Why not listen to the Native American community? In May 2016, the heavily left-leaning WaPo released a poll targeted at self-identified Native Americans which produced the same results as the Annenberg poll of 2004. That is 90% of the respondents were “not bothered” by the team’s name.

Perhaps the question should be put back to the activists. Can they guarantee that after the removal of the stigma caused by these supposedly inappropriate product names that alcohol-related deaths, diabetes and tuberculosis, which are way above the national average, will plummet? Will the highest rate of intimate partner violence or child abuse and neglect among the Native American community fall off a cliff by the removal of the name of candy in Australia? After all, it is they who push the idea of direct correlation. If nothing changes, what will have been the point of all this virtue signalling?

Hypocrisy in the way the West deals with (certain) faiths is rife too. The tragedy that was the Christchurch terror attack has led the Canterbury Crusaders rugby team to reconsider its name so as not to offend Muslims. Devout Muslim Sonny Bill Williams even played for the side after his conversion to Islam. Didn’t seem to phase him and he didn’t protest once. Although he did take exception to the Bank of NZ sponsorship displayed on his uniform as it conflicted with his religious beliefs.

Where have those same activists been to bully The Saracens in Middlesex to select a more palatable name for the sake of countless victims of Islamic terror in the UK?

What we do know to be an absolute truth is that whatever we cede to the mob, it will never be enough.