Indians fans' redface raises eyebrows
Cleveland fans turned out to cheer their Indians at Wednesday night's AL wild-card game, but not every show of support was a good look.
The controversy over Native American teams and mascots was back in the spotlight when the TV cameras found these guys.
Another group of fans "honoring" indigenous cultures. Smh. http://t.co/8NYEH1lFDu— Ramon O'Shia (@riot71) October 3, 2013
Curious: is putting on redface cool? (Please say, "Hell naw.") http://t.co/DmfBwM1utF— Mike Wise (@MikeWiseguy) October 3, 2013
I see your racism, redskins and I'll raise you, says these Cleveland fans: http://t.co/6niCQkai3T— Al Toby (@AlTobyYahoo) October 3, 2013
Cleveland Indians Fans have literally painted themselves in red face. Somewhere, Paula Deen nods her head in approval.— Luke (@ELRoseHubbard) October 3, 2013
Indians fans in red face and headdresses, you're the reason people dislike Native American mascots. #thisiswhywecanthavenicethings— jacob steimer (@sammysbrother) October 3, 2013
It's an issue that isn't going away. The Braves still are in the playoffs, and the Redskins controversy has been stirring for some time, with owner Daniel Snyder vowing to never change the name, Joe Theismann defending it by saying he represented Native Americans when he played for the Skins, and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell defending the name, then saying the NFL should listen to the protests.
Then there was this T-shirt design that combined RG3's face with the Redskins mascot's. And in July, the Mets felt some backlash for cancelling a tribute to Native Americans because it was scheduled before a game against the Braves.
To top it off, the Indians lost Wednesday night's game 4-0, ending their season.