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Redskins hint at legal action over radio parodies

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So much for the notion that 106.7 The Fan in D.C. shied away from radio ads protesting the team’s name because it didn’t want to alienate the local NFL team.

The NFL team officially has become alienated, via a series of parodies that mock the team and its radio broadcast crew.

According to Paul Fahri of the Washington Post, team spokesman Tony Wyllie has complained to the station about the parodies.  Fahri cites unnamed station sources in support of the notion that Wyllie claimed that “the routines were malicious — so malicious that they could prompt legal action by the Redskins.”

Wyllie tells the Post that all is currently well.

“All we did was ask questions about what they were doing,” Wyllie said.  “Once they said it was all in jest, we were fine with it. . . .  I have a sense of humor, like everyone else.  It’s a joke, and I take it as a joke.  Once they said it was all a joke, that’s all there was to it.”

And the jokes will continue.  The station plans to continue the parodies.

Also, the Redskins will continue to play games.  Which, at least for the rest of this year, will continue provide plenty of fodder for laughter.

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38 Responses to “Redskins hint at legal action over radio parodies”
  1. doctorrustbelt says: Dec 4, 2013 12:41 PM

    The washington racial slurs are a real stand up organization.

  2. doctorrustbelt says: Dec 4, 2013 12:42 PM

    How about changing the name to the Washington Crybabies?!?

  3. doomsdayZen says: Dec 4, 2013 12:43 PM

    The best way to not get parodied is to win football games.

  4. thestrategyexpert says: Dec 4, 2013 12:46 PM

    Malicious is a strong word to use, but not as strong as the team name itself. At least he didn’t lose control and start calling them the R-word. You never want to see that, unless it’s on Sunday in which case the word is icronically celebrated. (combo of irony and iconic)

  5. dontouchmyjunk says: Dec 4, 2013 12:50 PM

    Stay classy, Washington football team

  6. thepftpoet says: Dec 4, 2013 12:54 PM

    *3 years later*

    Welcome to McDonald’s this is Mike Shanahan, what can I get for you today?”

  7. azarkhan says: Dec 4, 2013 12:55 PM

    “Stay classy” has become a silly cliché. Please try to be more creative in the future.

  8. ravenswhat says: Dec 4, 2013 12:56 PM

    Man that lockerroom has to be imploding right about now.

  9. logicalvoicesays says: Dec 4, 2013 12:58 PM

    The paraodies were not even funny. Good for the Redskins. I support Dan Snyder and the team. #HTTR

  10. Zak says: Dec 4, 2013 12:58 PM

    Better call Saul!

  11. dcsween says: Dec 4, 2013 1:00 PM

    Dan Snyder supposedly is a super smart and successful businessman. Tony Wyllie is his PR guy. How much Mr. Wyllie is paid is not disclosed, but the return on investment for Mr. Wyllie’s services has to be in the negative numbers. Maybe they make up for it in volume.

  12. dmartin17 says: Dec 4, 2013 1:00 PM

    Aren’t parodies protected under law as performance though?

  13. glenuendo says: Dec 4, 2013 1:01 PM

    I love the Redskins and I’m a diehard fan from the ’70. The team is going all kinds of stupid if they decide to go legal over this. Dan Snyder is already familiar with The Streisand Effect from other lawsuits and yet he may want to try this again?

    The thought give me a headache.

  14. thepftpoet says: Dec 4, 2013 1:01 PM

    Want to hear the most hillarous joke?

    The Washington Redskins franchise.

  15. crubenst says: Dec 4, 2013 1:01 PM

    Didn’t Snyder threaten to sue a newspaper a few years back for “slandering” the Redskins? If your response to fielding a terrible team is to sue the media, no wonder you’re always terrible.

  16. jetsjetsjetsnow says: Dec 4, 2013 1:08 PM

    He had to be told the parodies were a joke? Either he’s a total tool if that’s true (kind of like the radio station second in command in the movie ‘Good Morning Vietnam’) or more likely it was an intimidation tactic..

  17. reed83 says: Dec 4, 2013 1:14 PM

    logicalvoicesays

    You don’t support Snyder and the Redskins. In September you were rambling about how the Redskins need to change their name. Make up your mind and stick with it!

  18. Go-Hawks! says: Dec 4, 2013 1:14 PM

    I have seen many people write “you wouldn’t call them ‘Redskins’ to their face, would you?”..

    That got me thinking. I live in an area with a large Native American population and I have never heard ANYONE ever use the term “Redskin” unless they were specifically talking about the NFL football team. My brother in law is half native American and I went to school with plenty of people who are idiots and no one uses that in reference to Native people.

    Native Americans have commonly used terms like “white man” and other similar phrases to describe a population but they aren’t using it as a racial slur. Likewise we should be able, as a country of enlightened 21st century folks, to come to grasp with the reality that ANY phrase or term for a group of people is only a “slur” if it is used with a certain negative connotation.

    But, I would argue that it must be very rare to hear someone actually use the R-word as a racial slur. When you say “Redskins” you are talking about a football team. And of all the sports teams with Native Americans as the mascot or logo (Indians, Chiefs, Braves,…) I would argue that the Redskins Logo is one of the most respectful in terms of the Native people’s proud heritage.

  19. thisdamnbox says: Dec 4, 2013 1:18 PM

    “Stay classy…” is just fine, because ‘Anchor Man 2′ is being released this month. Now, after the film trashes the memory of the original for its loyal fans, then only a single, “Stay classy, Anchorman,” will suffice.

  20. bearflagfan says: Dec 4, 2013 1:20 PM

    Also, as parodies are protected speech successfully suing the radio station would have zero chance of making it to trial.

  21. ravensrooster94 says: Dec 4, 2013 1:23 PM

    This is Lil’ Danny’s standard reaction to any criticism of his team that goes public. If they played better, nobody would be making fun of them.

  22. Canyonero says: Dec 4, 2013 1:30 PM

    Touchy, eh? Maybe Washington Thinskins is the name.

  23. catman72 says: Dec 4, 2013 1:31 PM

    LOL, they seem very easily offended for an organization that can’t understand why anyone would be offended by their name.

  24. jojopuppyfish says: Dec 4, 2013 1:33 PM

    I’ve heard the phrase “Dan Snyder Sucks” so many times, I thought Snyder was his middle name

  25. harrisonhits2 says: Dec 4, 2013 1:35 PM

    Poor little Dan Snyder with tears pouring down his cheeks, rubbing his fists in his eyes trying to make the humiliation go away.

    Sounds like a case of the radio station bullying the poor Washington team.

    The league obviously needs to pull Ted Wells off the Miami investigation and get him on this right away !

  26. ironyisadeadscene says: Dec 4, 2013 1:43 PM

    Somewhere, there’s a 20 year old Redskins fan wondering if he’ll ever see a championship in his lifetime

  27. tinbender2000 says: Dec 4, 2013 1:49 PM

    logicalvoicesays says: Dec 4, 2013 12:58 PM

    The paraodies were not even funny. Good for the Redskins. I support Dan Snyder and the team. #HTTR
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    That parody of of football team know as the Redskins sure is some funny stuff though!

  28. dcstinks says: Dec 4, 2013 1:49 PM

    Better Call RG2, he will settle all this..

    lol

  29. humb0lt says: Dec 4, 2013 1:54 PM

    Daniel Snyder. Short in stature. Thin of skin.

  30. coltssteve says: Dec 4, 2013 2:06 PM

    this is a travishamockery!

  31. getyourownname says: Dec 4, 2013 2:07 PM

    Please, stop with the allegation that Little Danny was serious about suing. It’s not like he ever previously sued anyone, like the local media claiming defamation, or even little old lady ticket holders who could not afford the tickets they were bullied into buying.

    And how was the poor PR guy to know that “parody” means “joke”? Who would know that?

  32. rg3sus says: Dec 4, 2013 2:11 PM

    Nice line to end the article. Personally I don’t want the name changed (I’m biased obviously). But I did appreciate the jab. Partly in good fun and partly because it’s true!

  33. audient says: Dec 4, 2013 2:14 PM

    Browns fan here. Hard to believe we have a better record than Washington.

    Thank goodness Holmgren got outbid.

  34. gibson34 says: Dec 4, 2013 2:26 PM

    wha…wha…wha……weasel boy synder offended they are making fun of his horrid organization. No wonder they cant win anything as they are the wimpiest org in the NFL and soon to have the last place power ranking with no number 1 first rounder…….

    I think we can all say they got lucky last year as this act is a bust now.

  35. ripster65 says: Dec 4, 2013 2:31 PM

    “azarkhan says:
    Dec 4, 2013 12:55 PM
    “Stay classy” has become a silly cliché. Please try to be more creative in the future.”
    ————————————
    Thank you for saying that. I couldn’t agree more. That and “cue the…” can totally go away.

  36. blackandbluedivision says: Dec 4, 2013 2:52 PM

    Ha ha ha. Wait so now they’re offended.

    Wait let’s be sure to check the validity of the team to see if they have a right to be offended.

  37. richiebburg says: Dec 4, 2013 3:18 PM

    Meanwhile the Rams will be drafting twice in the top 10.

  38. skins1970 says: Dec 5, 2013 9:24 AM

    The Rams will mess up the pickmremember they are the team that took Lawrence Phillips @ #6.

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