The NFL on Sunday. Your team is playing out a close 4th quarter with victory or defeat either side of a very fine line. A routine commercial break occurs… and you see the face of Eric Cartman making a mockery of your team’s name.
For fans of the Washington Redskins franchise, this is pretty much their experience watching on Fox yesterday afternoon (21 September), as complete with the misery of seeing their team fail to come back to win against divisional rivals Philadelphia Eagles, during the eventful final quarter they were the first to witness a preview clip for the new 18th season of animated comedy series South Park on Comedy Central.
The clip featured the character of Eric Cartman running a business of some sort, only to be interrupted by Redskins owner Daniel Snyder, Coach Jay Gruden, and star quarterback Robert Griffin III, confronting him over the name of the business… The Washington Redskins.
After Cartman notes he is free to use the name since the team’s trademark was revoked, the Redskins argue back in a lampshading manner that can be seen as a parallel to the arguments offended Native American groups have with the Redskins regarding the nature of the team’s 81-year-old name.
It has been reported that the advert at its time of premiere only aired in the TV market for Washington, and had a mixed reception from Redskins fans, with some offended fans on Twitter crying ‘not funny’ at the clip, while other fans did see the humour. To ease the pain for the ‘offended’ Redskins support, the NFL team of choice for the creators of South Park, Cartman, and many of the show’s other characters, the Denver Broncos, suffered an overtime loss to the Seattle Seahawks in a Super Bowl rematch later that day.
To not ease the pain, they would watch the first episode of the new season of South Park, which airs on Wednesday (24 September) on Comedy Central, and is likely to carry an elaboration on the commercial clip, which can be seen below: