Parody websites profit from Redskins team name controversy
(WJLA) - Just hours after the Redskins lost the latest round in their trademark battle, parody websites started having a field day. One is even selling shirts and hoodies that say: “Hail to the R-Word.”
And another more controversial site is selling mugs and t-shirts for a pretend “Landover Racists” team, using an image that looks like Redskins team owner Dan Snyder.
Shane Morris, a Nashville music manager who dabbles in sports writing, created the site and makes no apologies for it:
"If Mr. Snyder sees his face and his likeness with the word racist below it, he might feel the same way Native Americans feel when they have their likeness disparaged by a slur."
In just 24 hours, Morris says he has sold a couple hundred t-shirts.
"Since Mr. Snyder has no problem profiting off the likeness in a racist way of Native Americans, I have no problem profiting off his likeness in a completely racist way as well."
However, we didn’t find a lot of support – even from those who support a team name change. Many think the websites are simply going too far.
Despite his legal disclaimer, Morris says he wouldn’t be surprised to hear from the team’s lawyers:
"I would relish the chance to be in a court and have Mr. Snyder explain why it's okay for him to use a racist name -- and not me."