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October 23, 2013 9:58 am

Satirical Newspaper The Onion Slurs Redskins Football Team’s Jewish Owner

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Satirical American newspaper The Onion was created in 1988. Photo: The Onion.

Satirical American newspaper The Onion was created in 1988. Photo: The Onion.

A satirical news website is making real news with an article filled with slurs against Jews and the Jewish owner of the American football team, The Washington Redskins, CBS News New York and the UK’s Daily Mail reported on Wednesday.

“The Redskins,” an 81-year old team name, is now more widely being seen as offensive to Native Americans, leading to a national conversation that even U.S. President Barack Obama has entered – he thinks a name change is a good idea – while prominent TV sportscaster Bob Costas said Redskins is “an insult” and “a slur” during a Sunday Night Football editorial earlier this month. However, the Jewish owner of the team, Dan Snyder, thinks the name should stay.

The Onion, which publishes straight-seeming news with very biting satire that often slips under the radar and is misinterpreted as real news, has been following this very politically incorrect story closely.

It’s take on Monday was to show Snyder defending his position, that Redskins is “absolutely not a racial slur by any means,” by casually adding offensive Jewish slurs to describe Snyder whenever his name is mentioned in the article. The Onion described Snyder as “the Washington Redskins’ kike owner,” ” the hook-nosed kike,” and “the shifty-eyed hebe.”

The Onion headlined a previous article about the Redskins controversy as, “Report: Redskins’ Name Only Offensive If You Think About What It Means.”

CBS News found the reaction on Twitter to range from “applause to outrage.”

“The Onion makes its point by crossing the line,” one person tweeted, while another wrote that The Onion failed “in a big, pretty disgusting, way.” The publication Slate responded with a simple “Whoa.”

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  • ivan

    the name Redskin is not because Native Americans had red skin; they did not!! Rather, their warriors would wear a headdress with feathers and would paint themselves with red dye when going to fight for their people (possibly to scare the enemy). Redskins is a name that shows respect, indeed admiration, and a desire to emulate the strength and courage of the braves of the natives. A best name for a football team that wants to fight hard and win.

  • R

    Ya’ may as well end this conversation right now: you’re not going anywhere. People have been talking about the Jews…from admiring them to hating them with a vengeance, for thousands of years. You aren’t going to settle anything. Lots of people say things about Jews that are, shall we say, not for publication. When “called” on such things, the offending person often says something such as, “aww…we wuz only kidding”. And Jews are supposed to accept that trite, hurtful, and untruthful reply, and walk away as if nothing happened.

    Just keep this in mind before you say something offensive because you “don’t like” Jews: Jesus Christ was BORN A JEW, LIVED AS A JEW, AND DIED A JEW. Most of Christ’s life was fictionalized by his friends and followers. You don’t have to believe me. Ask any Christian priest, minister, teacher, whatever. Sometimes the truth hurts.

  • This would not be much of an issue if the owner was not Jewish. Most probably no issue at all if the owner was an American Indian.
    Americans need to stop being so negetivly sensetive and be so offended at every little thing. Be more openly positive and let people do their thing. It’s not right to try to change peoples values to be like yours.

  • One thing for sure he is not is a hebe, that’s for sure,,,, definitely European,, but not a hebe, possibly a “Pale Face”, we could ask some “Natives”.

    • art frank

      Maybe he’s a christ loving heathen

  • abby

    it’s odd that their satire only goes one way however. if you search jewcentric keywords on their site, you find snidely acceptable antisemitism 10 times out of 10, that’s too much like someone’s got an agenda.