NY Daily News Compares Redskins Logo to Swastika as PETA Urges for Potato Image

Mike ChiariFeatured ColumnistOctober 17, 2013

LANDOVER, MD - JANUARY 06:  A Washington Redskins flag is waved prior to the NFC Wild Card Playoff Game against the Seattle Seahawks at FedExField on January 6, 2013 in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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It seems like everyone has an opinion on the Washington Redskins' controversial nickname and logo, and that has been proven in recent days with the New York Daily News and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals offering their two cents.

There is no question that the New York Daily News' statement was far more scathing, as it published a cartoon with the Redskins' logo placed next to a Nazi swastika and the Confederate flag, according to Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post.

The caption underneath the cartoon reads, "Archaic symbols of pride and heritage," which may resonate with some people who oppose the logo, but could be viewed as going too far over the top by others.

While there is a case to be made for both sides of the Redskins name and logo, it can be argued that the New York Daily News' intimation that the Redskins are somehow synonymous with two deplorable situations in world history crosses the line.     

PETA is often criticized for jumping to conclusions, but it was much more lighthearted in its assessment of the Redskins than the New York Daily News was.    

While PETA usually only concerns itself with animal matters, it offered an alternative to changing the Redskins name. One can only imagine that the suggestion was made with tongue planted firmly in cheek, though, as Alisa Mullins of PETA wrote that the Redskins should replace the stoic Native American currently depicted in their logo with a red-skinned potato.

Photo courtesy of PETA
Photo courtesy of PETA

It certainly sounds ridiculous on the surface, but PETA did its best to convince Redskins owner Dan Snyder that it would be a logical and satisfying move.

When you hear the word "redskin," what do you immediately think of? Potatoes, of course! And who could be offended by a harmless redskin potato—except, maybe, for the Yukon Gold lobby (and if Alaska had a football team, rest assured that we'd be the first to suggest the Yukon Gold Diggers as a franchise name).

All of this comes on the heels of Bob Costas blasting the team's nickname during halftime of the Redskins vs. Dallas Cowboys Sunday Night Football game in Week 6.

Costas said on live television what many have thought for a very long time, and his words have served as a rallying cry for some.

Whether or not all of this criticism leads to the Redskins' logo becoming a tuber remains to be seen, but it's hard to imagine the NFL allowing things to remain status quo if the poor publicity continues.


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