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FCC rules Washington ‘Redskins’ name not obscene or profane

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LANDOVER, MD - OCTOBER 06: Roy Helu #29 of the Washington Redskins gets tackled by Tony McDaniel #99, K.J. Wright #50, and Brandon Mebane #92 of the Seattle Seahawks at FedExField on October 6, 2014 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Saying the word “Redskins” on the air isn’t obscene or profane — at least not according to the Federal Communications Commission.

The FCC on Thursday dismissed a petition that called for one of the team’s flagship radio stations not to have its license renewed. The petition claimed repeated use of the word “Redskins” violates rules against indecent content.

But the FCC said that the law defines profanity as sexual or excretory in nature — meanings that don’t relate to the name of the football team.

Many Native American and other groups consider “Redskins” to be a racial slur and have demanded that team owner Dan Snyder change the name. Snyder has vowed to keep it, despite mounting pressure over the past two years.

Thursday’s ruling affects the Snyder-owned station WWXX-FM.

 

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4 comments

  • Spam and Rice

    So what if you delicate feelings are hurt, if you are that sensitive you should just go away. Do you hear Irish Americans crying like spoiled teenagers over Lucky Charms and the promotion of bad behavior on St Patricks day? no!

    Get over it and grow up
    There is no honor in playing victim and living in the past
    If you want to feel oppressed, offended and discriminated against, there are plenty of places you can go in the world to experience that. Pretty sure that people from places with actual oppression and discrimination thing the US is pretty great and you are all a bunch of spoiled little cowards.