Chiefs news revolves around how the Kansas City Chiefs organization will not allow American Indian-themed headdresses or face paint into the stadium.
With the Washington Football Team changing their team name, many began to wonder what that would mean for the Kansas City Chiefs and their team name. KC Kingdom’s own Cameron Black discussed how the name wasn’t necessarily what was offensive, but the actions and traditions of the team and fans was what needed to be steered away from.
On Thursday, the Chiefs announced that they would be banning American Indian-themed headdresses and face paint from Arrowhead Stadium, effective immediately. It was listed on their official website, stating,
"While we have discouraged fans from wearing headdresses for several years, effective immediately, fans will be prohibited from wearing headdresses into the stadium.Face painting is still allowed for all fans, but any face paint that is styled in a way that references or appropriates American Indian cultures and traditions will be prohibited."
They also mentioned that the Tomahawk Chop is under discussions as well and it wouldn’t be surprising at all if that was also done away with.
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"What isn’t up for debate, however, is claiming that non-Native American Chiefs fans wearing headdresses, putting on face paint, and miming Native American behavior in a derogatory manner is inherently offensive."
Here’s what’s trending in Chiefs news from around the rest of the web.
- Chiefs Ban Indian-Themed Headdresses and Face Paint [Rob Goldberg, Bleacher Report]
- Chiefs announce fans prohibited from wearing headdresses [Pete Sweeney, Arrowhead Pride]
Good for the Chiefs for making this decision and it should have been done sooner. The Chop is likely the next tradition to go and at the end of the day, is it really a big deal if fans aren’t able to do that chant in the stands anymore? Not really, no.
Black’s article, which was linked earlier on, really hit it home with this line,
"The face paint and the tomahawk chop may be all in good fun, with absolutely no malice intended. However, it is not about the motive behind the actions, but rather how it lands with others."
People might talk about how everyone is overly sensitive these days and group this situation into that category, but for some people, this is something they could ABSOLUTELY be offended about. The Kansas City Chiefs are doing the right thing by prohibiting headdresses and face paint and for fans who have a problem with it, it’s either doing things such as this or changing the team name all together.