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Washington Redskins

Pocahontas Demands Name Change

It's a Bad Message for Little Girls

8/18/2014 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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It might finally be time for the Washington Redskins to fall back in the war over the team name ... because Pocahontas herself is taking a stand, telling TMZ Sports everything about the organization sends a horrible signal, especially, to young women.  

We didn't hold a seance -- the real Pocahontas died in 1617 -- but we did talk to Irene Bedard … and the voice of the Native heroine in 2 Disney movies is so pissed about the "Redskins" name, she said using it is like wanting to call yourself the n-word.

0815-irene-dedard-pocohontas-sub-getty-01Irene, whose ancestry is Inuit, Inupiat and Metis ... told us she understands fans have pride for their team symbol -- but they don't realize the logo is also insulting 500 nations of native people.

In particular, she's really upset about some of the costumes the cheerleaders have worn through the years -- calling them over sexualized and "degrading" to proud Native American women like herself.

0815_redskins_cheerleaders_instagramIrene added, "You think the only people who are people, are the people who look and think like you. But if you walk the footsteps of a stranger, you'll learn things you never knew you never knew."

She didn't, really ... but that would've been awesome. Who doesn't love "Colors of the Wind"?

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17 COMMENTS

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Sara Jo Camel Toe    

Washington Redskins should change their name to the
Washington "Blackskins".


Well,it's true.

66 days ago
2.

Morton Lipshitz    

Irene: STFU!

65 days ago
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Morton Lipshitz    

Irene must be jealous of those nice looking Redskin cheerleaders!

65 days ago
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FREEDOM    

CHANGE THE NAME. ITS OFFENSIVE AND DEGRADING!!!!!!!

65 days ago
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FREEDOM    

GO POCAHONTAS...

65 days ago
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FREEDOM    

TO SAY THE WORD, TO WRITE THE WORD IS A FEELING OF DEEP SADNESS.

65 days ago
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FREEDOM    

WASHINGTON WON'T GIVE UP. LET IT GO. YOUR FOOTBALL FIELD WAS THEIR LAND.

65 days ago
8.

KENNETH    

I say replace the “d” in Redskins with a “t” and call the team the Retskins.

What is a Retskin? Much like a Georgetown Hoya, a Virginia Tech Hokie, or a St. Louis Billiken, a Retskin can be whatever you want; a scary bird, a friendly dinosaur, or my choice, a muscular burgundy and gold clad super hero.

Everyone can pronounce the nickname just as they did before, but it will no longer offensive to Native Americans, newspapers can print the team nickname without hesitation, and Daniel Snyder, the Retskins’ billionaire owner can turn his attention to wins, losses, free agents, RG III, and the NFL East, just as before.
It is a great option that allows the team to essentially keep the name without offending anyone. Everybody wins, and nobody loses. Three cheers for the Retskins!

65 days ago
9.

FREEDOM    

WASHINGTON MASSACRES !!!!!!

65 days ago
10.

FREEDOM    

THE CHEER LEADERS SHOULD STOP THINKING OF THEMSELVES AND STAND BESIDE THE INDIANS .

65 days ago
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FREEDOM    

WASHINGTON FORESKINS.........

65 days ago
12.

Flying Blind    

Her head is photo shopped on the body, right. Something is wrong in the sizing.

65 days ago
13.

lourdgoogoo    

Say it loud and say it proud Washington Redskins fans.

65 days ago
14.

lourdgoogoo    

This PC bull is over the top. Keep the name and be proud of it.

65 days ago
15.

shanta588    

I still don't understand why native Americans are called redskins when their skin is actually brown it's white people who skin is red because we can see their blood through their skin. If we started called white people redskin would they be mad?

65 days ago
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