The Daily Show addressed the Washington Redskins controversy by holding separate conversations with fans of the football team and with Native American activists before letting the two groups face each other. The segment aired on Thursday, but the buzz started last week when the Redskins fans told The Washington Post they felt attacked by the experience, with one fan saying, "I felt in danger. I didn't consent to that. I am going to be defamed." Jon Stewart opened the segment by addressing the controversy, saying, "If we find out that someone in a piece was intentionally misled, or if their comments were intentionally misrepresented, we do not air that piece . . . that being said, I hope you enjoy the following piece."
While The Daily Show's Jason Jones spoke with the football fans, one of them said it would be "like losing a family member" if the team's name changed. Another fan explained, "As one-twelfth Cherokee, I am not offended." Meanwhile, as Jason talked to the Native American activists, one of them pointed out that the word "redskins" is "a Dictionary-defined racial slur." Another activist added, "After every single thing that American Indian people have been through, how can you possibly say that we are thin-skinned and oversensitive? We have to say things like 'cultural sensitivity' because as soon as we say 'racism' or 'racist,' the whole argument shuts down." Watch the full segment above.