Artist Call: Make Cleveland Indians Owner Into ‘Grinning Idiot Mascot’

Illustration by Aaron Sechrist/Smithsonian NMAI

Artist Call: Make Cleveland Indians Owner Into ‘Grinning Idiot Mascot’

On the heels of the Cleveland American Indian Movement protesting the use of the offensive "Chief Wahoo" mascot outside Progressive Field at the Cleveland MLB team's home opener on April 8, RustWire.com has come up with an idea. A writer posting to that site today wants to commission an artist to do a "grotesque, mocking caricature" of Cleveland team owner Larry Dolan. The selected design would then be printed on T-shirts and sold.

In a statement the Cleveland AIM has said, "We continue to insist that Cleveland Baseball abolish use of the clearly bigoted, racist, and shameful 'Indians' team name and the despicable 'Chief Wahoo' logo." As pressure has been building against club owner Daniel Snyder and his Washington NFL team's use of the term "redskins," considered derogatory, even racist, by many Native Americans, it's hoped that Dolan and his Cleveland team will also come under greater scrutiny. This is especially true after recent comments by club president Mark Shapiro indicating that "Chief Wahoo isn't going anywhere." Both the U.S. Congressand the D.C. Council are currently examining the Washington Redskins name, and it's also the subject of a federal trademark lawsuit.

Now, RustWire.com has come up with their cartoon Dolan idea. "I hate the Cleveland Indian’s logo," writes A.S., the author of the piece. " I have some close friends in Cleveland that are native American and they hate it also. It’s embarrassing for the region. It’s embarrassing for humanity…. I want to commission an artist to do a grotesque, mocking caricature of Larry Dolan that I can print on some t-shirts and sell to other people that are offended by his profiteering from humiliating and stereotyping an oppressed minority group."

One artist's submission has already been received and published. To see that and to read the entire RustWire.com article, click here.

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