Alyssa Milano is calling for Washington Redskins to change the name of the franchise.
The 47-year-old actress took on Twitter on Wednesday on express her complaints over her defamatory reputation.
She wrote, “We must end racism in its entirety. Allowing @NFL to continue using the @redskins name is destructive to native communities and can no longer be tolerated. Change the name.”
Milan also posted a connection to a petition describing how Redskins is a racially offensive name. This said, “It’s been a long time before the Washington Football Team removed the derogatory name — Redskins — to history like the other discriminatory and dehumanizing words in our community.”
She faced some criticism online when detractors found out that she had previously designed a apparel line, Touch by Alyssa Milano, which included many Washington Redskins name and logo pieces.
“My manufacturing company controls the line and what we sell based on league licensing. There’s no reason for me to lie to you. I’m not a hurtful person. I ‘m giving you my email address. Please use it. Thank you,” she added.
On Friday, the company announced that it will carry out a “thorough analysis” of its branding.
“In the light of recent events in our country and feedback from our community, the Washington Redskins are announcing that the team will undergo a thorough review of the team’s name. The analysis formalizes the original conversations the committee has had with the league in recent events.
League owner Daniel Snyder has spoke on the matter.
“This process allows the team to take into account not only the proud tradition and history of the franchise, but also the input from our alumni, the organization, the sponsors, the National Football League and the local community that they are proud to represent on and off the field.”
Coach Ron Rivera, Redskins, said the question was of “financial significance.”
“I look forward to working closely with Dan Snyder to ensure that we continue our mission of honoring and supporting Native Americans and our military,” said the coach.
The Washington organization was endorsed by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.
“In the last few weeks, we have had ongoing discussions with Dan and we support this important step,” Goodell said in a statement.