The Supreme Court ruled that offensive trademarks are constitutionally protected speech today. The Slants, an Oregon band of Asian musicians, won the right to trademark their name. Band founder Simon Tam claims the appellation was an attempt to reclaim the slur.
Six of the Washington Redskins registrations were previously cancelled because the name was considered offensive to Native Americans. Appeals were unsuccessful, and the Supreme Court declined to hear their case.
Mike Opelka declared the decision for The Slants a victory for free speech on today's "Pure Opelka." He said "Let the Redskins Nation rise again."