Just a week after his scathing, 13-minute rant against FIFA, HBO host John Oliver mocked Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder's refusal to change his franchise’s team name.
Oliver, who hosts “Last Week Tonight” on HBO, made note of a commercial aired by a California Native American tribe during Game 3 of the 2014 NBA Finals. The ad, titled “Proud To Be,” makes a critical reference to Snyder’s continued use of the “Redskins” moniker for his NFL franchise, despite repeated pleas from America’s Native American community.
“The strongest possible pushback after watching something amazing like that is, ‘You’re right, you’re right, we’ve got to change the name.’ But one person remains unmoved, and unfortunately, he is the only one that matters,” Oliver said, in a reference to Snyder.
Oliver went on to refer to Snyder as “Chief Runs-Without-Moral Compass.” The HBO host then aired a fake “commercial” full of examples of indefensible arguments. The entire four-minute segment can be viewed below.
As Oliver notes, Snyder has remained steadfast in his refusal to change the Redskins' name. In the past, he has referred to the franchise name as a “badge of pride.”
Still, the fight over Washington’s polarizing team name has reached the highest levels of the U.S. government. In May, a group of 50 Democrats within the U.S. Senate endorsed a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, which urged him to force Snyder to change his team’s name. The letter cited NBA Commissioner Adam Silver’s decisive stance against Donald Sterling in the wake of his racist comments as the example Goodell should emulate.