The United States Patent and Trademark Office on Wednesday canceled six trademark registrations for the Washington Redskins name.
The office ruled that the name of the National Football League team is disrespectful to Native Americans and, under federal law, can’t be trademarked, citing the law’s prohibition of protecting offensive or disparaging language. The petition to have the trademarks pulled was first presented eight years ago by the case’s plaintiff Amanda Blackhorse.
Many took to Twitter to express their opinions about the Redskins trademark decision.
Several people expressed their support:
What we've known all along: the Washington team name disparages Native Americans http://t.co/k0kyFqeB2A
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â€” Sara Lang (@SaraLang) June 18, 2014
â€” Pam Moore (@Plmoore1027) June 18, 2014
â€” Matt Savarese (@mattsavarese) June 18, 2014
Other fans weren’t as enthused by the ruling:
Some won't be satisfied until the team is renamed the Washington Sustainable Organic Vegan We Love Everyone Sunbeam Flower Children
â€” Ben White (@morningmoneyben) June 18, 2014
give me a break. RT @BreakingNews US Patent office cancels Washington Redskins trademark registration, rules name is disparaging
â€” Mets Fan in Therapy™ (@MetsFanInPhilly) June 18, 2014
Mad Redskins fans all over the TL. This is great!
â€” Elle Eaux Elle AYYEE (@d0ntcallmed0ll) June 18, 2014
Man I can't see the Washington redskins in any other name I bet Sean Taylor turning in his grave...
â€” Darius Pitts (@D_Money_52) June 18, 2014
â€” Brandon FN' Adams (@bfawkinadams) June 18, 2014
Others were a little confused about what the trademark cancelations actually mean:
What does the Redskins decision mean? Can I sell bootleg 'Skins shirts out of the trunk of my car with impunity now?
â€” Doug Oldham (@dougoldham) June 18, 2014
And a select few even saw a monetary benefit to the trademark cancelations:
If you have a sports store nearby that sells Official Washington Redskins merch - BUY IT! It's going to be worth a LOT OF MONEY soon!
â€” Robert Hantson (@rhantson) June 18, 2014