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S.F. Giants May Force Fans to Leave Their Indian Headdresses at Home
The San Francisco team considers banning politically incorrect clothing from its stadium.

Giants fans celebrate after the World Series, November 2010 (Stephen Lam/Getty Images)

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The San Francisco Giants might ban fans from wearing politically incorrect clothing or using culturally insensitive language at baseball games. Fans of teams with Indian names have worn feathers and war paint to baseball games for a long time, but it could be coming to an end in the Bay Area.

Fans who sport the forbidden attire, such as fake Native American headdresses, “redface,” feathers, or war paint, or those who say something deemed offensive, could be questioned by Giants security or potentially told to leave the stadium, the San Francisco Examiner reported.

The proposed policy developed after an incident at a Giants game in June when two Native Americans, April Negrette and Kimball Bighorse, asked a man to remove his headdress. One of the Native Americans took the headdress and refused to return it, so security detained Negrette and Bighorse but did not arrest them. The kerfuffle happened on Native American Heritage Night.

Bighorse was among the Native American activists who met with Giants officials to discuss how to prevent more such incidents.

American Indian activist Suzan Shown Harjo told USA Today that this ban would be a first for a major-league sports franchise. Staci Slaughter, a Giants senior vice president, said the team already has policies pertaining to obscene language and offensive signs.

“We met with some folks as a result of the incident,” Slaughter told USA Today. “What we’re looking at is not just specific to Native Americans. We have a desire to educate folks. The reason we do these heritage nights is to raise the awareness of the diversity of our region.”

The sports world got a little more politically correct recently when a panel of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board ruled in favor of plaintiffs claiming that the Washington Redskins name “may disparage persons or bring them into contempt, or disrepute,” divesting the team of six trademarks.

The first step toward implementing the Giants ban would be informing fans and staff of new rules to ensure they understand them, Slaughter said.

— Celina Durgin is a Franklin Center intern at National Review Online.


New Redskins Name
The Patent Office’s recent decision to end trademark protection for the Washington Redskins reignited the controversy over whether the team's name should be changed. Opinions on the matter are divided to say the least. Here’s a look at some snarky takes on the debate and suggestions for new team names and logos as seen on social media.
The inconvenient truth. (Image: Ashley, @truebeachbabe)
The outrage does seem to only flow in one direction. (Image: Brooklyn, @Brookie425)
A good illustration of the level of discourse on the matter. (Image: Mr. Anderson, @harbringer411)
It would be a real presidential legacy for #44. (Image via Twitter)
If they followed the census forms, it would be the “non-Hispanic Whites” (Image: Tim Parent, @timparent)
The team mascot could be a liger. (Image: matt, @mttchvnn)
Guaranteed to succeed with every Democratic interest group. (Image: Facebook/RightWingRantsandRaves)
FLOTUS does insist that everyone eat their vegetables. (Image: Kamz, @TuneInfinity)
Two suggestions, that's almost a trend. Not sure boiled potatoes would be hit at the snack bar come halftime, though. (Image: Michael C. Wells, @OhioBobcatsFan)
The Washington Rattlers might also work. (Image: Bob Wray, @Mach1Broker)
But do they even need helmets? (Image: Carson E. Shultz, @TheRealCDaddy)
Imagine their killer passing attack. (Image: Victoria Vallejo, @VicVejo)
Maybe the cheerleading squad will cheer from their posteriors. (Image: Adam Greene, @TheFirstMan)
Sponsored by the IRS. (Image: Katewerk, @katewerk)
They still wouldn’t be as offensive as the crew that works in that building. (Image: R. Beecher Taylor IV, @_Beecher_)
Not sure if the halftime show would be quite so fabulous, though. (Image: John @JMNuch23)
The fans can chant “Stayin’ Alive” if the team is still behind in the fourth quarter. (Image: Whiteskins.org)
But is it an endangered species? (Image: M.S., @The_Pooka)
WHAT’S IN A NAME: Twitter users had plenty of suggestions for new team names on the hashtag #NewRedskinsName. Here’s a sampling, illustrated by NR.
The Washington Pajamaboys: You don’t even want to know what the cheerleaders look like.
The Washington Monuments: The 1970s Steelers’ Steel Curtain has met its match: A Park Service stop sign.
The Washington Shutdowns: The uniforms are in park ranger green, but the team doesn’t play during November.
Washington Lobbyists: The Thunder from K-Street!
The Washington Reagans: It’s halftime again in America.
The Gridlocks: The only thing that can penetrate this defense is a deep deem-and-pass.
Manifest Destiny’s Child: All the cheerleaders would have to be single ladies.
The Washington Blue Dresses: All the cheerleaders would be named Monica.
The Voxplainin’ Ezras: Most detailed and interesting infographics in the NFL.
The Washington Pigs: The huddles are a bit hard to watch.
Rainbowskins: It’s time to take refracted light back from the gay rights lobby.
Updated: Jun. 23, 2014

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