There’s nothing funny about the debate over the Washington Redskins name. And then, along comes “South Park” and Eric Cartman.
During the fourth quarter of the Washington-Philadelphia Eagles game on Sunday, Comedy Central ran a commercial for the show’s season premiere, which apparently will skewer Washington owner Dan Snyder.
It references how the U.S. patent office canceled the team’s trademark in June because the name is “disparaging to Native Americans.”
In the clip, Cartman has co-opted the name for his own (disgusting?) business and an angry Snyder, with quarterback Robert Griffin III at his side, insists that he stop “in the name of decency.”
"Look, don't you see that when you call your organization the 'Washington Redskins,' it's offensive to us?" the cartoon Snyder says.
“Guys, guys, I have total respect for you,” says Cartman. “When I named my company Washington Redskins, it was out of deep appreciation for your team and your people.”
Then, he smirks.
The new season of “South Park” premieres Wednesday.
An upcoming episode of “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” will also tackle the Washington name controversy. According to numerous media reports, the show set up a meeting between team fans and Native Americans earlier this month, after which some of the football fans told The Washington Post that they felt blindsided.
No word on when that show will air.