John Oliver Rips the Washington Redskins Legal Argument Defending Their Name
He also tears into Redskins owner Dan Snyder.
The Washington Redskins recently appealed a federal judge's decision to uphold an order canceling the Washington Redskins' federal trademark registrations, due to their name being offensive to Native Americans. On Sunday John Oliver dedicated time on his show to eviscerate the Redskins' legal appeal documents.
“In a bid to show the patent office’s double standards, the Washington Redskins actually pointed in their legal brief to approved trademarks such as Slutseeker dating services, Capitalism Sucks Donkey Balls and Hot Octopuss anti-premature ejaculation creams," said Oliver. "The team also cited: Edible Crotchless Gummy Panties, Dick Balls and Klitoris with a ‘K.’
He continued to list names that the Redskins had placed in their appeal as a way of pointing out that their name is no worse than others like "Shank the Bitch board game," "Jizz Underwear" and "Anal Fantasy Collection."
“Maybe the most obnoxious part of the Redskins’ 82-page appeal is when they argued, ‘Just about everything is potentially disparaging to someone’ because a) no it isn’t; and b) that’s not the f—ing point!," said the Last Week Tonight host. "The word ‘Redskins’ isn’t ‘potentially disparaging to someone,’ it is currently disparaging to specific individuals.”
Oliver then turned his attention to Redskins owner Dan Snyder, and the defense the Redskins have used that they are honoring Native Americans with their name.
"Let me now suggest that everyone ‘honor’ Dan Snyder by renaming their fantasy football teams Dan Snyder Is a Thin-Skinned Racist Whose Sunglasses Look Like Something a Tacky Pedophile Might Settle For.”