KISS legend Gene Simmons adds his two cents to Redskins name debate
The Washington Redskins have been under fire for their name for months now. Everyone from senators to television celebrities have taken a shot at the Redskins for their name. Recently, the University of Minnesota decided they want no part in the Redskins name and banned it from their stadium.
Now legendary KISS frontman and owner of the AFL’s Los Angeles Kiss, Gene Simmons, has waded into the debate. While Simmons doesn’t actually say the Redskins should be forced to change their name, he does make an interesting point.
“As a Jew, I wouldn’t be thrilled as ‘The Kikes,'” Simmons said. “And if you’re black, you wouldn’t be thrilled with a football team called ‘The Blacks.’ I could use a worse word. Because ‘Redskins’ was what the white man called them. So I understand if you’re a sports fan and if you’re white, you go ‘Hey, what’s the problem? We have a long history.’ But if you’re an Indian, think about it. White dudes don’t have to worry about that stuff because [they] were always the majority in imperialist countries of the world. ‘Cracker’ means nothing to white people. They had all the money and the power.”
At some point, the Redskins will have to admit defeat and change their name. They have already lost their trademark rights on the name as the US Patents office called it ‘disparaging’ to Native Americans. While it’s admirable that owner Dan Snyder is sticking to his guns and refusing to budge, something will have to give at some point.
Simmons was speaking to Rolling Stone.