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Earth to Ralph Lauren: American Indian Iconography is a Hotbed for Scandal

Posted by Abe Sauer on July 15, 2014 06:33 PM

The Redskins are of course the most prominent offenders in the ongoing PC battle over American Indian slang, as recent months have seen the NFL team under increasing pressure to drop its name and logo. It's a debate that culminated with the US Patent and Trademark Office's recent decision to cancel the team's trademark.

But tailing the football team is a wagon train of scandals involving celebrities and brands criticized for recently using Native American headdresses as fashion accessories. These cases make Ralph Lauren's ongoing obsession with using Native American headdress iconography all the more confusing. Is the brand just begging to be added to the criticism?

Those who have found themselves apologizing for the misuse of Native headdresses include music icons Pharrel and Gwen Stefani. Chanel "deeply apologized" after its headdress scandal and Victoria's Secret "sincerely apologized" after a similar event. Even lesser-knowns have come under fire, such as the daughter of Oklahoma's governor.Continue reading...

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World Cup Branding: adidas Animates Argentina v Holland Semi-Final

Posted by Shirley Brady on July 9, 2014 11:14 AM

No confirmation on adidas signing on to replace soccer-bullish Nike as Manchester United's official kit-maker, but the FIFA sponsor just released an animated video ahead of the Argentina vs. Holland semi-final with its "all in" tagline: "Messi or RVP. Robben or Di Maria. Destiny is at their feet. This is the World Cup semi-final. It's now or never. all in or nothing."

Check it out below, along with the adidas #VAMOSLEO Lionel Messi app (vs. the Nike football app), McDonald's #FryFutbol recap of Brazil's crushing defeat by Germany, and more sports branding headlines.Continue reading...

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Brand News: Apple iWatch, Bezos Defends Amazon Fire Phone and more

Posted by Shirley Brady on June 20, 2014 07:30 AM

TOP STORIES

At Cannes Lions, Unilever CMO Keith Weed bans word “consumer” in people-first focus; Beats CMO explains Apple acquisition; Facebook’s Sandberg promises no ads in messaging; Microsoft launches suite of ad targeting tools; and Google, Publicis and Conde Nast announce “La Maison” content partnership.

Sprint moves closer to $40 billion T-Mobile financing, as T-Mobile CEO apologizes for insulting rivals.

Apple's looming smartwatch will reportedly include 10 sensors to track health and fitness.

American Apparel CEO ouster could trigger loan defaults.

Amazon Fire Phone described as "chocolate ice cream" to WSJ by Jeff Bezos, who also defends move to New York Times.

MORE BRAND NEWS

Adobe turns iPad into drafting board with smart stylus.

Ben & Jerry’s is releasing Saturday Night Live-themed flavors.

BMW aims to make the MINI more masculine in China.

Cadbury customizes chocolates based on Facebook preferences.

Cheerios considers reviving 1980’s campaign to promote new dayparts.Continue reading...

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Brand News: Harley-Davidson Goes Electric, American Apparel Frees Dov and More

Posted by Shirley Brady on June 19, 2014 08:52 AM

TOP STORIES

Harley-Davidson unveils first electric motorcycle with Project LiveWire experience tour of America's fabled Route 66.

T-Mobile is offering free music streaming via Rhapsody, Spotify and Pandora, and loaner iPhones for a week to test its network.

Lego mixes bricks with clicks for Lego Fusion.

American Apparel ousts controversial CEO Dov Charney.

Yo one-word messaging app, designed in eight hours, raises $1 million in funding.

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AMC’s The Walking Dead producer accuses Game of Thrones network HBO of promoting piracy.

Bridgestone signs on as top Olympic sponsor.

Feed the Children has a new logo.

Google touts search ads for lifting brand awareness.

Haggar bets on vintage fashion to revitalize brand.Continue reading...

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Change the Mascot Hails Cancellation of Washington Redskins Trademarks

Posted by Mark J. Miller on June 18, 2014 11:56 AM

The fight against the Washington Redskins mascot just got a whole lot more interesting.

Today, the US Patent and Trademark Office cancelled the organization's trademarks related to its team mascot after the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) ruled that the marks were "disparaging" to Native Americans. 

While the trademarks are no longer viable, the team can continue to use them—though with no protection from unauthorized merchants that sell Redskins gear, a stipulation that could drive the team's valuation down over time.

The action was the result of a lawsuit against the team filed by “five Native Americans” eight years ago, the USPTO said. “This victory was a long time coming and reflects the hard work of many attorneys at our firm,” lead attorney Jesse Witten, of Drinker Biddle & Reath, told the Washington Post.Continue reading...

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Anti-Redskins Campaign Gets Louder as NFL Stays Silent on Mascot Movement

Posted by Sheila Shayon on June 13, 2014 01:58 PM

After being rebuffed by the NFL, Native American groups have taken to the airwaves to spread their message against the use of derogatory terms like "Redskins" in national sports.

During Game 3 of the NBA Finals this week, the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation aired a TV commercial in sever major markets—Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, Sacramento, San Francisco and Washington—that shined a spotlight on the ongoing conflict between Native Americans and the NFL's Washington Redskins, who have repeatedly refused to change the team's mascot despite outcries from fans, government officials and players. 

Produced by the National Congress of American Indians, the group claims that the NFL refused to allow the ad to air during the season. The Oneida Indian Nation did however air several radio commercials during the season.

“It’s just a time to get people thinking about putting an end to outward hatred and using sports as a tool to focus on racism,” said Marshall McKay, chairman of the Yocha Dehe Wintun tribal council. “The R-word is as derogatory a slur as the N-word. When this name first came to be, it was a vehicle for people to bring the victims of violence into an office so they could collect a bounty.”Continue reading...

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In the News: NHL, Boston Market, Burberry and more

Posted by Alicia Ciccone on November 27, 2013 09:23 AM

In the News

NHL makes NFL play with more unscripted programming, outdoor games—and concussion lawsuits.

Boston Market expects to see biggest Thanksgiving sales yet.

Burberry appeals China ban on trademark pattern.

Atlanta Braves see council approve $300 million, move to suburbs. 

BlackBerry rolls out BBM social network.

Burger King expands presence in France.

Facebook tries to find balance with onslaught of sponsored posts.

Instagram is now publishing a new ad almost every day.

L'Oreal names new global CMO.

Louis Vuitton stunt in Moscow's Red Square doesn't go over well.Continue reading...

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Redskins Owner Vows to Keep Name Intact, but Oneida, Regulators May Have Other Plans

Posted by Mark J. Miller on October 10, 2013 07:12 PM

Plenty of people have been trying to get the NFL’s Washington Redskins to change their name for decades, but team owner Daniel Snyder delivered what all should regard as a pretty sound statement denying such a request.

In the last few days, “NFL officials agreed to meet with the Oneida Indian Nation," which had purchased radio ads in the team's market urging Snyder to drop the name, the Washington Post reports. Even President Obama threw his voice into the mix, noting that he’d consider changing the name if he were the owner. The Oneida staged a protest Monday in Washington and the National Congress of American Indians released a poster that showed baseball hats featuring racist team names such as the "New York Jews" and "San Francisco Chinamen."Continue reading...

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