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South Park Takes on Washington’s NFL Team and Its Terrible Name

It was only a matter of time before the satirists of South Park devoted an episode to the name-change controversy surrounding Washington’s NFL team. (Slate stopped using the team’s official name last year.) Season 18 premieres this week, and as this new promo reveals, no punches will be pulled on the matter.

The team’s owner, Dan Snyder—who has refused to relinquish the name and mascot even after the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office removed its trademark registration earlier this year, declaring the term “disparaging to Native Americans”—is effectively mocked in the short clip. And in typically biting South Park fashion, the promo reportedly aired originally only in the Washington, D.C. metro area, during Washington’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

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