Wednesday, October 23, 2013

The Onion uses anti-Semitism to show 'Redskins' racism

The satirical news site The Onion has stirred up a bit of controversy by pointing out the offensiveness of the Washington Redskins' name by using a few racial slurs of its own against the NFL team's Jewish owner, Dan Snyder.

Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder
"Redskins’ Kike Owner Refuses To Change Team’s Offensive Name," read the headline, and later, the article referred to him as both a "hook-nosed kike" and a "shifty-eyed hebe."

The article came amid growing opposition to the team moniker, with even respected veteran sportscaster Bob Costas speaking out against the name recently.

The Onion is known for pushing the boundaries of what's acceptable in its satirical look at the world, but the site has occasionally gone too far – such as a tweet that referred to nine-year-old actress and Oscar nominee Quvenzhan√© Wallis as the c-word. Its editors later apologized for that tweet.

People everywhere have been sharing their mixed feelings about the article this week. Did the Onion go too far, or was it fair to cross the line to make a point?

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