The Washington Redskins tried to get fans to use "#RedskinsPride" to show off their team spirit, but things didn't turn out quite as they had hoped.
Last week, team president Bruce Allen sent Senator Harry Reid of Nevada a letter that refuted his point that the team's nickname was "offensive." Reid is one of 50 members of the United States Senate who are in favor of the team changing its name.
On Thursday, the franchise tried to start a "#RedskinsPride" movement on Twitter to show the majority leader how much the team name means to them:
Anyone want to guess how that turned out?
Update: Tuesday, June 3 at 12:25 p.m. ET
Some may have seen this hashtag experiment as a failure, but Washington team president and general manager Bruce Allen saw it as a success. Here's what he had to say about it in a phone interview, via The Washington Post's Jason Reid:
The social media is the way people get information now, and our fans have spoken very loudly in support of what we’ve been doing. We got a very good response from our fans.
Thousands of our fans responded, including hundreds of Native Americans, saying we are their favorite team. I do think that’s the message we’ve been hearing.
Allen may have been pleased with the results, but that doesn't mean that the other side felt that it had lost, via Reid:
“From our perspective, what we saw was just overwhelming opposition” to the team name, Faiz Shakir, Reid’s digital director, told The Post’s Dan Steinberg. “It’s really made our day."
[h/t USA TODAY's FTW]
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There was some support, but the majority expressed distaste over the current moniker. There were also those who wanted Reid to focus on his job rather than get involved in the debate.
Here are some of the supportive tweets:
Others came out and explained how offensive the nickname is:
#RedskinsPride means a proud tradition of racist owners, criminals as players, and a name that's a racial slur.— Avatar Kyoshi (@DearLeader10) May 29, 2014
Of course, some believe politicians should stick to politics:
Others took the opportunity to make fun of the team's futility.
#redskinspride a 1/2 empty stadium in an awful location, 23 yrs of on-field futility, a self-absorbed QB with bum knee, but a fine nickname— JRizzo (@jrizzo575) May 29, 2014
Washington wanted to prove a point with the hashtag, but it looks like that plan backfired.
[Twitter, h/t The Washington Post]