“The Five” co-hosts smacked down a sportswriter who trashed the NFL for airing a Washington Redskins game on Thanksgiving, claiming it’s racist.
“This is not a legitimate controversy,” Kimberly Guilfoyle said. “I don’t think anybody is worked up over the Redskins playing on Thanksgiving, except for a few far-left crazies. No one cares about this.”
Guilfoyle, a former prosecutor, said a recent poll showed that 9 out of 10 Native Americans do not find the name “Redskins” offensive (see poll below).
“Nine out of 10 Native Americans said they are not offended by the Redskins name, according to a Washington Post poll,” Giulfoyle said. “So who exactly is worked up?”
The faux-controversy surfaced after Dave Zirin, a liberal writer at The Nation, claimed the NFL intentionally decided to air a Washington Redskins game on Thanksgiving to take a racist jab at Native Americans.
“The R*dskins slur — a name that exists only because of genocide and displacement — will have center stage,” Zirin wrote. “It’s as if NFL owners, by having Washington host this game, are having their own private joke at the expense of the players, fans, and commentators who care about these issues.”
Redskins team owner Dan Snyder has repeatedly said he will never change the team’s name.
Juan Williams, the token liberal on “The Five,” said he finds the name “Redskins” offensive, but dismissed Dave Zirin’s conspiracy theory that NFL owners intentionally scheduled the Redskins game on Thanksgiving to mock Native Americans.
Jesse Watters laughed off Zirin’s race-baiting claim, saying it doesn’t matter anyway, since the Redskins are going to lose to the New York Giants.
“It doesn’t matter what you call them, they’re going to lose anyway,” said Watters, a Philadelphia Eagles fan. This isn’t the first time Watters has blasted the media for race-baiting.
Meanwhile, Greg Gutfeld said all this is much ado about nothing because there are more important things than football on Thanksgiving.
“You know what’s more interesting than football? Fox News,” Gutfeld joked. “We are having a special episode of ‘The Five’ on Thanksgiving. Fox News does not take a knee on Thanksgiving!”
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