'The Daily Show' tackles the Redskins name debate

'The Daily Show' tackles D.C. naming debate
Friday September 26th, 2014

"The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" took on the debate surrounding the Redskins nickname on Thursday night.

The show aired a segment featuring reporter Jason Jones investigating the two sides of the controversy, interviewing both a group of Native Americans and a group of Redskins fans and visiting a tailgate before a recent Redskins game.

The Native Americans explained to Jones that they found the name offensive and racist, while the fans insisted the name wasn't offensive and that it was tradition for the team to have the name.

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The Washington Post reported last week that the Redskins fans featured in the show were upset about one part of the segment where the group of Native Americans as brought in to confront them about their support of the name. The fans said they felt misled and were made overly uncomfortable, with one saying she left in tears.

Before airing the report, Stewart, the host, introduced it by explaining what happened with the upset fans and saying that the show never wants people to have a bad experience and any segment wouldn't air if that was the case. In the segment that aired, the confrontation between the two groups was shown just briefly and Jones alluded to the Post report about the fans' feelings.

The segment aired on the same night that the Redskins hosted the New York Giants.

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Debate surrounding the Redskins name has intensified over the past year, with calls for it to be changed due to it being offensive to Native Americans. Team owner Daniel Snyder has remained adamant that he won't change the name.

The entire "Daily Show" episode can be found here.

Ben Estes

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