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Anti-Redskins TV ad airs during halftime of NBA Finals game

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    DC couple who are Redskins fans created song used in anti-Redskins name ad

    Wednesday, June 11 2014 8:36 AM EDT2014-06-11 12:36:48 GMT
    It's the ad everyone is talking about-- but here's something you might not know. The song used in the anti-Redskins name spot that aired during Tuesday's NBA Finals game was written by a couple from the D.C. area.  Tim Cretella and Brittany Yates are a singing-songwriter duo known as Doppio, and they live in Alexandria-- and are Redskins fans.
    It's the ad everyone is talking about-- but here's something you might not know. The song used in the anti-Redskins name spot that aired during Tuesday's NBA Finals game was written by a couple from the D.C. area.  Tim Cretella and Brittany Yates are a singing-songwriter duo known as Doppio, and they live in Alexandria-- and are Redskins fans.
WASHINGTON -

Millions of Americans watched a television spot Tuesday night that focused on a major debate underway in the D.C. area. During halftime of Tuesday's Game 3 of the NBA Finals, a television ad called "Proud To Be" aired, and its purpose is to bring attention to the Redskins name debate.

The team name issue seems to be picking up steam. The ad produced by the National Congress of American Indians introduced the game's audience in seven cities to the name debate happening here in D.C.  The one-minute ad brings attention to Native American tribes, well-known Native Americans and even their struggles. But not until the very end does it reveal its true purpose.

The narrator of the commercial says, “Native Americans call themselves many things. The one thing they don't...” An image of the Washington Redskins football helmet then appears.

“The momentum has definitely moving in the way of changing the name of the team,” said D.C. Councilmember David Grosso.

He has been out front on the name change. He thinks this commercial can help spread the word.

“It's a racist and offensive name that needs to be changed,” Grosso said.

But many disagree. And the most important person on the other side is Redskins team owner Dan Snyder.

But some fans are changing their minds. Karen Autrey said she thinks differently about the name.

“I grew up in the area, so I grew up knowing them as the Redskins,” she said. “But you become aware that some things could be offensive to others that I think we need to be respectful of that and change. You know, times change.”

The spot aired in some of the largest cities in the United States, including Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, Sacramento, San Francisco and here in Washington, D.C.


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