CNN: Trying to Take the Fun Out of Super Bowl Sunday

CNN: Trying to Take the Fun Out of Super Bowl Sunday

CNN: Trying to Take the Fun Out of Super Bowl Sunday

On Super Bowl Sunday, Americans want to set aside politics and enjoy the biggest game of year. But leave it to CNN to be the killjoy, the turd in the punchbowl. Because once again the network numpties want you to feel guilty for watching a football team with a politically incorrect name.

That team would be, of course, the Kansas City Chiefs. And how dare anyone cheer for them.

CNN plaintively asks:

“How did the team, founded in 1959, come to have such a loaded name? And why does the practice of such cultural appropriation still endure?”

Quick answer from this Chiefs fan (waving my hand defiantly): Because here in Kansas City we don’t give a rat’s ass what you media snobs think!


Personal collection.

But CNN will not be deterred by us folks in Flyover Country. Instead they tell us that the team was named after a white man who (gasp) “impersonated Native American culture.” How outrageous!

That man would be Harold Roe Bartle, who served for two terms as mayor of Kansas City in the 1950’s. But before he became mayor, Bartle helped to establish the Boy Scouts in the Kansas City area, growing its membership from 2300 in the late 1920’s to over 30,000 over the next 20 years. For that, Bartle earned the nickname, “Chief.”

Later, during his time as mayor, Bartle brought two professional sports teams to Kansas City: a baseball team and the Dallas Texans football team. Fans entered a contest to choose the name of the football team, and “Chiefs” was chosen to honor the mayor.

Yet CNN focused not on Bartle’s accomplishments — of which there were many — but how he “culturally appropriated” Native Americans in his work with the Boy Scouts, namely by creating the Scout group “Tribe of Mic-O-Say.”

Plus, according to Native American journalist Vincent Schilling, it’s also the “behavior associated with anything to do with Native America or Native Americans.”

Like, for instance, the horse “Warpaint” that a cheerleader rides onto the field before the game. And the huge drum that a select person, usually a celebrity, pounds before the game, too.

And then there’s the notorious tomahawk chop, often done by fans in headdresses and face paint. Here’s how it looked during the AFC championship game in January.

CNN also blames us boorish knuckle-dragging fans for not being sufficiently woke.

“Professional sports teams make billions of dollars and have millions of ardent fans who are loathe to give up their team’s icons and traditions, no matter how problematic.”

Hold on, you might say. Didn’t football go through this a few years ago with another team?

Yep, in 2016, the Washington Redskins took heat from some social justice whiners who didn’t like their name, either. So the Washington Post commissioned a poll among Native Americans. The result? Nine out of ten did not find the name “redskin” to be offensive. So team owner Daniel Snyder proclaimed that the name would never change.

“We are gratified by this overwhelming support from the Native American community, and the team will proudly carry the Redskins name.”

The Chiefs did get a bit of heat during the controversy, but the media largely ignored them. After all, they weren’t from a major city, but were a small market team from the Midwest. Plus, they lost in the divisional playoffs, so no Super Bowl for them that year anyway.

Now things are different, of course. Suddenly CNN discovered that Kansas City has a football team. And the Kansas City Chiefs are now “problematic” since they’re going to the Big Dance.

But if you’re a 49ers fan, don’t think you’re off the hook, either. During the Gold Rush of 1849, miners often caused the deaths of Native Americans, either directly or through disease. So there’s that to make you feel guilty, too, when you watch what Schilling calls “The Genocide Bowl.”

Leave it to CNN and others in the media to apply grievances to a sports event that millions of regular Americans enjoy. But that’s their modus operandi: to revel in their moral superiority over the rest of us.

To these perpetually offended types I say: Bite me. 


Featured image: Roy Harryman/flickr/cropped/public domain.

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Kim is a pint-sized patriot who packs some big contradictions. She is a Baby Boomer who never became a hippie, an active Republican who first registered as a Democrat (okay, it was to help a sorority sister's father in his run for sheriff), and a devout Lutheran who practices yoga. Growing up in small-town Indiana, now living in the Kansas City metro, Kim is a conservative Midwestern gal whose heart is also in the Seattle area, where her eldest daughter, son-in-law, and grandson live. Kim is a working speech pathologist who left school system employment behind to subcontract to an agency, and has never looked back. She describes her conservatism as falling in the mold of Russell Kirk's Ten Conservative Principles. Don't know what they are? Google them!

  • Schuyler King says:

    So, I guess CNN missed the class in high school about the 49ers. You know, the one where a bunch of white people from back East, traveled to California in search of gold. The one where 100,000 California native people were either killed or displaced into oblivion. The one where the miners used every known tool of the day to tear apart the environment in their search for gold. The gold rush where Chinese immigrants found racism from the miners at every turn. The gold rush where Scarlet Fever and Cholera were rampant. For sure, the “49ers” is a much more politically correct name, than one which honors the leaders of the native tribes which created the early history of Kansas – not!

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  • Harlan says:

    It would be different if Kansas City-ites were making fun of Native Americans. They are not. In fact, they are doing just the opposite, paying tribute to the Spirit of a People who knew more than a little about Spirit.

  • GWB says:

    Wait, who watches CNN on Super Bowl Sunday?

  • In other news, The League Against Cultural Appropriation has filed suit against both the Texas Rangers of Major League Baseball and the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League for appropriating the cognomen of the Dunedain of northeastern Eriador (often referred to as Arnor by the irredentist movement). Our sources in Minas Tirith have approached King Elessar Telcontar, who wore that moniker as “Strider the Ranger,” for comment, but so far none has been forthcoming. More on this story as it develops. (:-)

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