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Bill Murray Beat Up A Chief Osceola-Garbed Lee Corso On The College Gameday Set

Apparently ESPN and Lee Corso are unaware of this thorny Native American mascot issue we’ve got going right now. But Bill Murray will not let this blissful ignorance stand.

This happened on the College Gameday set this morning: Murray, representing Clemson, beat up Corso, dressed as Florida State mascot Chief Osceola. You don’t see that every day.

Corso’s creaky dressup antics began getting tiresome, at least for me, about five years ago. But now Murray has arrived to inject some badly needed beatdown hilarity, saving the day. Let this also serve as a metaphor for Native American sports mascots everywhere, and for Corso’s career.

In a perfect world we could all pummel Lee Corso every Saturday.

  • Adam

    lighten up.

  • vaporware

    Bill Murray is now cursed
    -every day for the remainder of his life he shall wake up as
    a cocktail waitress at a Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

  • Prolific-Music-Movement

    The only way for most people to understand why this is offensive is to create an analogy for them…. So here’s one… Imagine this…

    Many Americans are sensitive about the tragedy that happened with 911… So a soccer team in Afghanistan that is all Muslim names their team the “911′ers” or The “Kabul Infadels”. At game day they all dress up in business suits, stuff their bellies to make them look fat, put white face paint on, and carry suitcases. Their mascot is the stereotypical wealthy but fat unhealthy American family (kinda like the exaggerated face on the Cleveland Indians face). When the opposing team scores, a fake explosion goes off and the Afghani family with white face painted in fat suits all falls down and acts dead. The owner of the team and many of the people of Afghanistan support this by saying its honoring the victims of 9/11…. So there’s an analogy most Americans can understand. When you are dealing with tragedies of the past its best not to honor those wronged in the tragedy by making them mascots so people can make a mockery of them… If this happened in Afghanistan or Pakistan it would be all over the news and people all over the US would be pissed like how dare they disrespect us like that… same thing

  • Anonymous

    Murray may even be sincere (it’s not always easy to tell), but I wouldn’t bet on it. Either way, it’s funny stuff between him and Corso, so lighten up everyone. This is much ado about nothing, so all the “Thinskins” out there better get over it. This country has life threatening problems to worry about and fix – and this ain’t one of ‘em!

  • Mitch Battese

    Often people and organizations admire the heroism and romanticism evoked by the classic Native American image but others feel the use of Native American imagery in mascots is offensive and racist. Many native people consider the use of Redskins as derogatory.

    Americans, in general, have a history of gathering inspiration from native people that dates back to the 18th century and this practice led to the origins of many nicknames and mascots. These were not from authentic sources but rather as Native American life was imagined by Euro-Americans.

    I can remember attending schools on reservations where there was an institutional apathetic feeling that was shared by most teachers and educational staff. This apathy and lack of respect for culture is the foundation for education at many schools that serve American Indians and may well be the reason that the mascot issue is not bigger.

    Despite the trend of multicultural education in some school systems, many school texts remain slanted towards stereotypes and prejudices and even worse, there are antiquated ideologies and approaches to teaching that still result in a poor education system for American Indians.

    Addressing the use of inappropriate mascots is important and confronting the issue head-on by demonstration brings the issue to the public. I applaud the efforts of protesting and other grass roots methods, but it is an atrocious loss that, over the years, our education system has missed the mark completely. Racism is something that is learned and methods of combating racism can be learned as well.

    The issues are not going away. It would be far easier and commendable for the owners to take the high road and change the Washington Redskins name to something everyone can be proud of, but confrontation and clashes between Indian and non-Indian is so ingrained in American history that, sadly, both sides will end up utilizing tons of resources before the mascot issue is put to rest. Education of non-Indians and Native people who may not realize that mascots, such as Redskins, have deep roots in racism, will take time and effort but it is an imperative move in the right direction of making mascots more positive. Simply put, offensive mascots such as Redskins are racist and need to change.

    The Tecumseh Savages of Oklahoma is a prime example of Indian parents condoning the use of Savages by their example of doing nothing to curb this offensive mascot.

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