Swedish Hockey Team Called Out Over Offensive Name

A man in Stockholm has complained to Sweden’s Discrimination Ombudsman that the Frolunda Indians Hockey Club name and logo is offensive.  The team got their name 20 years ago due to their aggressive style of playing.  They believe their logo and name convey “courage, passion, and fellowship,” according to media manager Peter Pettersson Kymmer.  His remarks echo those made by North American sports teams whose names have been called out for being offensive.  Clas Lundstedt, a press spokesman for the ombudsman, revealed that the complaint had been dropped because “it was not covered by Swedish discrimination law.”  

Click here to read more about it at The Color of Hockey.

Native American Actors Walk Off Set of New Adam Sandler Movie

Adam Sandler’s new film The Ridiculous Six has come under fire after several Native American actors walked off the set due to jokes they deemed to be offensive.  The jokes included a Native American woman being doused with alcohol after passing out, and another urinating while lighting a peace pipe.  Netflix, the film’s distributor, defended the jokes by saying other races were ridiculed as well in the film.  However, Native American actors feel the jokes perpetuate negative stereotypes, which does not help the fact that Native Americans have the highest suicide rate of any ethnicity.

To read the article at The New York Times, click here.  Also, be sure to read Aviva Kempner’s thoughts on the matter in her recent article for The Wrap here.