While the debate continues over whether or not the Washington Redskins should change their nickname because of its racial implications, PETA has come up with an alternative that keeps the name, but changes something else.
On PETA’s official blog, the group advises that the famed football franchise keep the name Redskins, but change its logo to a potato.
“When you hear the word ‘redskin,’ what do you immediately think of? Potatoes, of course!” states PETA’s blog post.
The blog post also adds: “The redskin potato would be a noble mascot for a variety of reasons. Potatoes are also native Americans, having been cultivated in Peru for millennia. A tasty, versatile, animal- and environmentally friendly vegan staple, potatoes are now the most popular vegetable in the U.S. They are loaded with nutrients, including iron, potassium, vitamin C, fiber, and even protein, and red potatoes in particular are high in antioxidants. (Take that, Cheeseheads.)”
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All kidding aside, the nickname controversy doesn’t appear to be going away. On Sunday night, during halftime of the game between the Redskins and Dallas Cowboys, NBC’s Bob Costas called the Redskins’ name a "slur" and an "insult."
President Obama also recently stated that he would "think about changing" the name if he were the team's owner, according to WJLA.
Besides the off-the-field issues, the Redskins are having their problems on the field too. Washington lost to Dallas on Sunday night to fall to 1-4 this season.