The New Yorker is taking aim at the Washington Redskins' nickname with the magazine's next cover.
The cover for the Dec. 1 issue is a cartoon by Bruce McCall, depicting Native Americans celebrating Thanksgiving with Pilgrims in Redskins jerseys.
“This is 2014, and it seems a little late to be dealing with that stuff,” McCall explained. “It should have been quashed a long time ago. We did everything to the Indians that we could, and it’s still going on. It seems crude and callous. Names like the Atlanta Braves come from another time. So, in my cover, I’ve brought the cultural arrogance of one side back to the sixteen-hundreds and the first Thanksgiving dinner, just to see what would happen.”
The New Yorker adds to the growing media criticism of the nickname. South Parklampooned the controversy earlier this year, and Slate and The MMQB don't even publish Washington's nickname.
Dan Synder stands firm, though. He's never going to change the name. (At least not until someone adequately explains to him that he could sell millions of dollars worth of new merchandise.)
- Dan Gartland