A t-shirt parodying the popular Cleveland Indians mascot is coming under a lot of fire since its creators have recently debuted them. Musician Ian Campeau, who is known as Deejay NDN of the group A Tribe Called Red, is an outspoken cultural critic, who has taken aim at the so-called “Chief Wahoo” mascot.
Deejay NDN is the official mouthpiece of the musical trio and a self-described social media agitator. Far from being ineffective, Campeau’s efforts have been instrumental in getting the Nepean Redskins football club to change its name. Since his campaign launched, they decided to change their name to the Nepean Eagles.
Tackling racist sports mascots happens to be one of his favorite topics to address. Recently, in an Instagram post, he shared a note that was apparently written to the organizers of a music and arts festival called Westfest, set to be held on June 13-15 in Ottawa’s Westboro Village.
His group, A Tribe Called Red has been scheduled to Sunday night’s final set. Campeau explained, “we’re supposed to play Westfest next Sunday. The organizers have been receiving thinly-veiled threatening emails in protest to me performing. Here’s one of them. This is my hometown. So disappointing.”
Those threatening letters sent to the organizers of the event claim that the musicians are “divisive” and that Campeau is a “racist hypocrite” for notoriously wearing a “racist t-shirt”, mocking the Cleveland Indian’s mascot. Now, there is actually a call for a boycott…
Campeau’s “Caucasians” t-shirt design is sold by Shelf Life Clothing (if you’re interested), and features a European version of the controversial Chief Wahoo image that needs no introduction to sports fans.
What do you think? Is the t-shirt racist? Or is it highlighting American hypocrisy and racism?
(Article by Mike Ahnigilahi; images via Indian Country Today)