The Washington Football Team continues to distance itself from their former nickname. The Washington Football is banning fans from wearing Native American headdresses and face paint at home games for the upcoming season. WFT made its announcement on Wednesday by sending out e-mails to fans.
“We are excited to welcome everyone back wearing their Burgundy & Gold,” its statement began.
“However, Native American inspired ceremonial headdresses or face paint may no longer be worn into the stadium.”
“We will choose an identity that unequivocally departs from any use of or approximate linkage to Native American imagery,” confirmed President Jason Wright in a statement on the matter.
“As I have said many times before, our new identity should unite us. It should bring us together the way this team comes together on the football field and the way we have seen our Fans come together and proudly support our Team and our DMV community.”
Via my email & many others, @WashingtonNFL speaks on its expectations & rules for fans for the upcoming season! 👇🏻#WashingtonFootball pic.twitter.com/u6Pl3nrIvz
— Rudy 🎙 (@ParkerHamlett) August 4, 2021
On social media, there was a mixed reaction to the latest decision:
R.I.P. Fun, 10,000 B.C.-2021 A.D.
— strangegloves (@strangegloves) August 5, 2021
Will the new name be the Wokeskins? @whoisjwright
— EdAsante (@EdAsante77) August 5, 2021
funny how everyone is saying it’s soft when they’re just mad they can’t openly appropriate other cultures anymore
— Stockton Jewkes (@StocktonJewkes) August 5, 2021
Changing the name is one thing but banning people from wearing face paint? You know The Washington Post polled 2000 Native Americans and something like 95 percent didnt even give a shit about the old name.
— www.Vaccines.gov Easy appointment booster (@JeremyM72014840) August 4, 2021
I don’t know about anybody else, but I feel less oppressed after reading this woke message…I won’t be watching, but I feel less oppressed!
— jayson (@jcasvt1) August 5, 2021
i guess they wanna play in an empty stadium
— Eeze🍊 (@Eeze63026228) August 5, 2021
2021. Took too long but good change is like birth of anything new: it can't be rushed but it is inevitable. Big ups to Washington NFL for showing kids watching ball today, that those heroes to them on the field.. play for all, with their all.#NotYourMascot can finally retire pic.twitter.com/BXdydf7jkK
— ddsnorth ™ (@ddsnorth) August 5, 2021
Join in everyone and BOYCOTT THE NFL.
They have no business in politics
— Anthony (@ImJustWaiting13) August 5, 2021
The continued tacit erasing of the genocide at the foundation of this country…
— Hrant Հրանդ Փափազեան Papazian (@hhpapazian) August 4, 2021
I gave woke football up for years. What a joke
— mr john (@johnmcg29422234) August 5, 2021
I gotta say, all these butthurt racists whining about no longer being able to be racist at football games is part of a nutritious breakfast and this is delicious.
— Bee (@iambeebeeiam) August 5, 2021
Up to now, there are have been no further updates on a name change after Washington dropped the “Redskins” moniker in 2020, but one is expected ahead of their 2022 season.
No chance it’s going to be the Washington Face Painters…
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