Society 2.0: Redskins Offense and Bluth Return

by Laura

The buzz this week was all about Redskins racism and the Netflix return of ‘Arrested Development.’

By Kelsey Edelmann 

The battle of ridding Washington of “Redskins Racism” has been on-again, off-again since 1992. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)

Ten members of the House of Representatives, including D.C. delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, have sent letters to Redskins owner Dan Snyder, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, Redskins sponsor FedEx and the other 31 NFL franchises urging an immediate name change. The claim that the NFL team’s name is racist is no new revelation;  the “R-word” is overtly offensive to Native Americans and, in their eyes, comparable to the “N-word” for African Americans.

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Snyder has vowed to never change the trademark-protected name.

“Interesting how this anti-Redskins name change continues to have a buzz. Now Congress is involved. That means nothing will change for sure.” via Rick Snider @Snide_Remarks 

“They’re just NOW asking Redskins to change their name? Of all the sports franchises in America, that’s got to be by far the most offensive.” via Brian Anderson @blyan 

“If changing the #Redskins name to something else helps them win more games, have at it!” via Lawrence O’Donnell @Lawrence_n_DC

“Congress needs to worry about other things than trying to change the name of an NFL team. #redskins” via Jennifer McGill @Jennifer McGill 

“Oh well. The Redskins have been the Redskins since 1933 no need to change it now.

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If you don’t like the name don’t support the team!” via Krystin Marie @KhocolateBeauty 

Catch 15 episodes of Bluth-style madness on Netflix now. (Photo courtesy PRNewsfoto)

Social media blew up this week as the revival of long-ago-cancelled TV series Arrested Development was released on Netflix. Fans rallied to welcome back the Bluths in the 15-episode 4th season, after hounding producers to bring back the fallen family that we all love to hate. After years of pestering, a devoted audience got to revel in the fruits of their labor, but the results were split and many were left underwhelmed and disappointed.

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“It seems most of the disappointment with new Arrested Development episodes stems from the lack of character interaction.” via Justin Kownacki @JustinKownacki

“Seems impossible to critically respond to Arrested Development S4 until you watch it at least twice. It’s dense writing for a new format.” via Paul Constant @paulconstant 

“‘Arrested Development’ was a Communist utopia, and season four ruined it.” via Ezra Klein @ezraklein

“The different reactions to the new Arrested Development are almost as interesting as the new season itself. I think it’s excellent.” via Bobby Soden @BobbySoden 

“The hipster need to decry Arrested Development is now more prominent than the happiness that it was back. Everyone needs to be heard.” via Jason G. @DisneysFolly 

“Worrying that new Arrested Development episodes would be on par turned out to be like worrying whether Sistine Chapel would match David.” via Patrick Malloy @BPatrickMalloy 

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