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Satire Gone Too Far? The Onion Hurls Slurs At Redskins Owner

Publication's Take On Team Nickname Debate Raises Many Eyebrows
Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A satirical publication is making real news with its take on the debate surrounding the Washington Redskins nickname.

An article posted to The Onion’s website on Monday featured anti-Semitic slurs and stereotypes aimed at Redskins owner Daniel Snyder, who is Jewish.

Under the headline, “Redskins’ K— Owner Refuses To Change Team’s Offensive Name,” The Onion referred to Snyder as “hook-nosed” and “shifty-eyed.” The K-word was used three times, once in the headline and twice again in the story — and it wasn’t the only derogatory term used.

Snyder has insisted the team will continue to be called the Redskins despite growing opposition to the name. Those calling for a change include the Oneida Indian Nation, a tribe in upstate New York.

Veteran broadcaster Bob Costas called the team’s moniker “an insult” and “a slur” during a Sunday Night Football editorial earlier this month.

Did The Onion go too far with its satire? Reaction on Twitter ranged from applause to outrage.

“The Onion makes its point by crossing the line,” one person tweeted.

Another wrote that The Onion failed “in a big, pretty disgusting, way.”

The publication Slate responded with a simple “Whoa.”

This wasn’t The Onion’s first foray into the Redskins debate, but it was by far its most provocative. The site has also published articles headlined “Washington Redskins Change Their Name To The D.C. Redskins” and “Report: Redskins’ Name Only Offensive If You Think About What It Means.”

The Onion apologized in February after calling a 9-year-old actress a vulgar term on Twitter, according to The Atlantic Wire.

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