PETA has another zany idea up its sleeves, offering a (presumably) tongue-in-cheek suggestion recently regarding the ongoing controversy with the Washington Redskins.
With a growing number of people believing the Redskins moniker is racist and offensive to American Indians, members of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals say the team should keep its name as is, but instead of using a Native American as its mascot, the new logo should be a potato — a redskin potato.
“When you hear the word ‘redskin,’ what do you immediately think of?” wrote PETA’s Alisa Mullins in a blog post. “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).”
The blog post also points to the fact that there’s still a heritage connection with the name, as potatoes are quite literally “native Americans,” as they were cultivated in Peru once upon a time.
“By keeping the name and adopting a heart-healthy, appealing logo, the Washington Redskins would set a powerful example on and off the field, and that’s no small potatoes.”
It’s an interesting idea, sure, but keeping the word "Redskins" may still upset some people. Thinking along the same lines, though, how about the Washington Potato Skins, instead?