The bottom line about the Washington Redskins, according to Jimmy Kimmel: “We got used to [the name] because it’s been around for a long time, but it’s a racial slur.” Wednesday, however, may have marked the beginning of the end. That’s when the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office canceled the team’s trademarks for being offensive to Native Americans. Naturally, the team plans to appeal the decision—but if it’s upheld, the embattled franchise could lose control of its brand.
Thankfully, Kimmel has an easy fix: Just add an “f” in front of the word “Redskins,” officially changing the team’s name to the “Fredskins.” There; that’s not offensive to anybody, right?
Enter American treasure Fred Willard, who came onto Jimmy Kimmel Live Thursday night furious about Jimmy’s proposed name change. “I’m here on behalf of Freds all over the world”—Freds like Savage, Durst, Right Said, Krueger, and Flintstone—”who are saying we’re no longer going to stand for this hogwash or bullhooey,” Willard spat, his eyes ablaze with righteous anger.
When Kimmel pointed out that at least two of those Freds are fictional, Willard was ready with a quick retort: ”Oh, you don’t think they’re real? you’ll find out how real they are when you hear from our lawyers.”
Maybe they should go with the “Credskins” insteadskins?