WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — At the start of this week — even prior to the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board’s ruling to cancel the Redskins six federal trademarks — John Oliver ridiculed Daniel Snyder for continuing his fight to keep the Redskins name in tact, on HBO’s “Last Week Tonight.”
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Thursday night, “The Daily Show,” from which Oliver is a Comedy Central disciple, decided to put the Redskins name on blast, when Jon Stewart ripped the team, the owner, Thanksgiving and American history in general, with regard to the treatment of Native Americans.
The segment was 4-plus minutes long, and at one point, incorrectly assessed that after the trademark ruling, fans and vendors alike were now free to merchandise the Redskins name.
But, then there was this excerpt, after a voiceover noted Snyder’s resistance to changing the name cites “tradition”:
“Oh, tradition? So you’re argument in keeping your name is, ‘You can’t just come in here, and take over our ancestral property’? I guess what you’re saying is, ‘We had it first,'” Stewart said.
“It’d be like this. It’d be like this, I guess. If a group of people taught you how to survive a harsh winter, and then, you invited that group of people to a feast to show your gratitude to them for you helping you to survive, and then, after desert, let’s say, you killed them, and took their land, and then years later, to commemorate that day, you held an annual feast that included a sporting event, in which one of the participating teams’ names was a derogatory term for the original people that you had killed.”
An image of the Packers logo then appeared.
“No! I’m talking about the Redskins!” Stewart screamed. “The Redskins! Not the packers! Let’s switch it! Get a new name already, it’s the 21st century.”