Though it doesn’t mean that owner Dan Snyder will be forced to change the name of the Washington Redskins, Wednesday’s landmark ruling from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, which has has canceled six registered trademarks, has found the name “disparaging” to Native Americans. And, given the prospect of the NFL losing profits on the team’s merchandise, it may be the most compelling reason yet for Snyder to change the name. Twitter is abuzz with the news, with half of the national trending topics devoted to Snyder and the Redskins. One of the hashtags, of course, seeks to come up with an alternate name for the team.
There are plenty of cynical suggestions:
And ridiculous ones, too:
All jokes aside, though, if there were ever a time to hope for the name to change, it’s now.