Unless you’ve been living under a rock the last couple years you’ve undoubtedly heard of the drama going on with the Washington Redskins franchise, the name has been pointed out as a racial slur and has been targeted for changing, which has created a schism in the fan base over keeping or removing the controversial name. (sportsillustrated) The name is racially insensitive to Native Americans, although there are a lot of people claiming that it’s clearly not racist because they don’t see swarms of protests by tribes on television, which is one of the weakest arguments anyone could ever make. (sbnation) The name is racially insensitive and it should be changed, yes there are teams that have kept names associated with Native Americans, but in the case of something like the Florida State Seminoles they have approval of the Seminole people and support from said people as they honor their namesake instead of lampooning them. (nytimes) Both sides have tried different things in order to get their point across taking steps to lock down support of their cause whether that name be to change the name or keep it the same, it’s been clear on capitol hill lately with fifty senators lobbying the team to make a change, but to this point they’ve been rebuffed. (usatoday)
Yesterday someone inside the Redskins organization decided to try something different, they started a Twitter campaign to have supporters tweet to Senator Harry Reid about the name and what it meant to them, the intention was to show that there was a ton of support for keeping the Redskins name intact. (redskins) The problem with a move such as this is that the internet is quite the interesting place, typically you don’t want to throw things out there on twitter because it can backfire on you rather easily, just ask Ann Coulter how it worked out for her recently. (msnbc) With the attempted trolling of Senator Reid out there, the Twitterverse took control and caused the movement to blow up in the face of the franchise as people showed massive support for a name change instead of getting behind keeping the insensitive name in place. (yahoo) This should be a lesson to all people who are planning to launch a troll war via Twitter, you better be sure that you’ve got the masses on your side before heading into battle, otherwise you’re going to wind up wiping quite a bit of egg off your face.