City Desk

On the Matter of Dan Snyder’s Horns

Dan SnyderOne of the claims in the letter Washington Redskins general counsel David Donovan sent to Atalaya Capital Management, the hedge fund that controls the parent company of Washington City Paper, is that the cover story on Dan Snyder that we ran in November was anti-Semitic.

"How would you react if you were vilified by an anti-Semitic caricature of you?" Donovan asks. The letter calls the cover illustration "extremely insulting, offensive, and disturbing."

Where, exactly, to begin with that? For the record: The story didn't mention Snyder's religion at all. And the illustration is meant to resemble the type of scribbling that teenagers everywhere have been using to deface photos for years. The image of Snyder doesn't look like an "anti-Semitic caricature"—it looks like a devil.

But we at City Paper take accusations of anti-Semitism seriously—in part because many of us are Jewish, including staffers who edited the story and designed the cover. So let us know, Mr. Snyder, when you want to fight the real anti-Semites.

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  • Snyder is AIDS

    Mission accomplished Agent Snyder, return to Dallas.

  • Redskins Yes Snyder No

    Snyder is a putz

    He's destroyed what JKC built.

    The Redskins are embarassing.

    The Danny thought he's immune.

    Cutting trees on Federal Parkland to get a better view!

    Playing real life fantasy football.

    I just hope CP creams his ass in court.

    The worst owner in all of sports.

  • http://RedskinsYesSnyderNo Redskins Yes Snyder No

    The Danny is pathetic

    Poor little rich boy..

    Sell the team and go away.

    Hope CP cleans his clock

  • Snyder GOAWAY

    Poor little rich boy was picked on.

    So what's he do? Just like he always does..

    Tries to buy a fix.

    He's the worst owner in all of sports.

  • IC

    how ironic that dan is but hurt form a horn and mustache, in a little local paper..but HE is the owner of the REDSKINS...and has that racist name and logo EVERYWHERE. hahahaa

  • Annie

    What is antisemitic about devil horns? Lots of artists characterize public figures with devil horns, tails, hoofs, etc. if their behavior and actions are evil. People dress up like devils for halloween. Some people worship devils. I have no idea about this fuss and violations of an artist and newspapers freedom of speech and the freedom of the press.
    Thank you for the photo where can I buy the tshirt?

  • Emil Weinberg

    How about a campaign to raise money for City's defense fund, by selling T-Shirts emblazoned with two little horns, a furry brow, and Fu Manchu mustache and goatie, like so:

    ( )
    O"O
    (^)
    '
    Of course, drawn by someone with more talent than my keyboard.

    We could try ordering a few dozen online from Vistaprint, to test the market. Then, if the idea catches on, an industrial order can be placed to bring the unit cost down. Any enterprising souls out there?

  • DesertRat

    Two Suggestions:
    1. Do an article about how popular Jewish sports team owners are and how much they have given back to the community, like DCs own Ted Leonsis and the Legendary Abe Pollin. Gee, I wonder if Slime Snyder will ever have a street named after him like Pollin?
    2. Legal Defense Fund - I'll be the first one in line to contribute, I'm good for $130, a dollar for each tree the Slime chopped down at his Potomac mansion.

  • Jean

    I'd like to buy a T-shirt with that great horned illustration on it! Who'll print them? You'd make a fortune!

  • We don’t fall for that sh*t

    Crying "anti-Semite!" used to work. Then came the brutal invasion of Lebanon in 2006. That was the straw that broke the camel's back for the general public. Now when the charge is made, it is rightfully met with laughter.

    "I don't like bagels very much."
    "Anti-Semite!"

    "Wow, water usage in Israel is inappropriate for such a semi-arid and arid landscape."
    "Anti-Semite!"

    "Hmm. The ejectors on UZIs can bend leading to ejection problems when firing."
    "Anti-Semite!"

  • mrbill

    Like you said,scribbled on a so-called teacher. I had nuns,I'm sure they scribbled, too.

  • r

    "Redskins"? Change the name to "Schmucks" or the "Foreskins"

    As for anti-semitism, that epithet is reserved for the goyim who have been put on earth for the soul purpose of serving schmucks like Synder.

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  • Aesop

    THE OWNER WHO CRIED "WOLF"
    Dan Snyder's personal destiny with humiliation and self destruction has become obvious. But, his false and self serving cries of antisemitism contribute to a growing threat to the larger Jewish community. Each fabricated and exaggerated claim of antisemitism tragically diminishes the credibility of all claims.

    The children's fable of 'the boy who cried wolf' teaches such a basic and important lesson. Never say or do anything that diminishes your credibility - especially on issues of life and death.

    In the fable, the boy's life might have been saved if he had been provided stronger guidance by his parents or town elders. In the end, it was only the boy that suffered the consequences of his foolishness.

    When Dan Snyder or anyone abuses the word antisemitism for their own selfish purposes, does it really matter? What are the consequences? For whom?

    It all seems so theoretical and distant until the wolf is actually here and no one listens.

  • Dan’s friend

    First of all, The City Paper has a much more soiled past in D.C. than Dan Snyder does, and Dave McKenna has been taking cheap pot shots at Snyder (and just about everything Redskins related) for years now.

    Just do a little searching through McKenna's archived articles here, and you'll see tons of stories attacking and trying to embarrass Dan Snyder every chance he gets. Many of his articles have crossed the line of good taste, and what should be considered 'fair game' to use when you're attacking a person in print.

    McKenna and the City Paper have been out to get Snyder for years, and now that Dan finally fires one single shot back at them (which originally only asked for a simple apology for the errors), McKenna and the City Paper want to act like it was all just a good natured joke, and Dan has no sense of humor. Then they play the helpless victim card, turn it into a David vs Goliath fight, and appeal to everyone to please "donate money to our defense fund." What a joke!

    You guys dug up every negative thing you could find on Dan Snyder, then you stretched and spun the truth around A LOT on many of those issues you pointed out, to make them sound worse than they actually were. To try and be funny, entertaining, and of course ... to try and sell more newspapers.

    I'm sure your researchers are hard at work, right this very second, trying to figure out how on earth you're going to defend some of the half truths and lies you put in that article.

    You constantly berate him for being insensitive to a few people that view the name Redskins as a racial slur. Then when he tries to use the same logic on your drawing a "thick uni-brow, devil horns, and a beard" on a picture of him ... you scoff at the very idea that he might have found it a little racially offensive.

    Once again you try to use the defense of; "No, No, it was just a joke .. You know, like teenagers scribble on pictures all the time. It was just supposed to make him look like a devil." Well, I have news for you City Paper ... any God fearing human being on the face of the planet would feel a little religiously attacked if their picture was plastered on the front page of your newspaper, characterized as the devil. Get a clue.

    And lastly, for all of the so-called Redskins fans around here that keep getting sucked into the relentless attacks by the D.C. media on Dan Snyder and everything Redskins (Let's see, who needs firing this week .. Is it Jim Zorn, Jason Cambell, Haynesworth, Vinney, Portis, Shanahan, McNabb, Haslett, Cooley, Moss, etc, etc, etc. The blame game list in the D.C. papers just never ends.)

    I just hope all the whiners are happy when Snyder finally gets fed up with being blamed for everything and decides to take HIS team, and the Redskins name and all of it's history, and move it all out to the brand new stadium being built in Los Angeles, CA. You know, a new start in a new city, where fans might actually appreciate an owner that opens his wallet up every year, and tries his hardest to put a winning team together.

    I'd imagine it wouldn't be too hard to turn a nice fat profit by selling off FedEx field and all of that prime DC area land to some real estate developer.

    Everybody seems to think that if they scream loud enough Dan will sell the Redskins, and some new owner will magically swoop in here and turn everything around overnight. The fact of the matter is that most sports team owners could care less if their team wins or loses, it's really all about the money. For all of the bumbling things Snyder has done over the years, the one constant positive has been that he's a true Redskins fan, and he's not afraid to spend money to try and help the team. What more could you ask for from an owner?

    The DC area media is the real devil around here. They bombard Snyder and the Redskins with constant negative articles, using unidentified sources, and made up stories, all in an attempt to rile up the fan base and increase their sales.

    The real reason they all hate Dan Snyder so much is because he got tired of all the negative press a few years ago and basically cut them all off by opening his own media outlets. He bought and built up his own Redskins radio network, and started his own message boards and websites. He stopped giving out free game tickets to all of the local reporters and hired his own reporters. Ever since then, all of the media on the outside of Dan's good graces, have created non stop drama for him and the Redskins by making up negative stories and starting controversy. Even the second coming of Joe Gibbs, who quickly led us back to 2 playoff seasons, wasn't exempt from the negative bashing and embarrassment by the papers.

    If Shanahan was smart, he'd get out of D.C. now, while he still has some what of a decent reputation left. Just look around the NFL at all of the ex-Redskins players and coaches that do just fine with other teams after we chase them out of town, screaming for their blood, because of all the negative articles that picked them apart while they were here.

    A football team is supposed to bring a city together, not tear it apart. For some crazy reason, the DC media just doesn't understand that.

    I for one, will be dancing in the streets when Dan's lawyers win the case against the City Paper, and we can rid the area of another big paper waster ... and constant negative influence ... on our fun sport of football.

  • http://distcurm.blogspot.com/ IMGoph

    dan's friend: i look forward to the day when the petty little tyrant takes his team to LA. i would ask kindly that he doesn't let the mayflower truck door hit him too hard on the way out.

  • Mike Madden

    @Dan's friend:

    You write: "To try and be funny, entertaining, and of course ... to try and sell more newspapers."

    Washington City Paper is, of course, available for free.

  • Truth Hurts

    @Dan's Friend: So when bully boy's frivolous NY suit get tossed, he's gonna move the skins to LA because he can't strong arm DC media into saying nice things about him? Priceless.

    Hopefully, he takes you with him because you surely sound like part of his inner circle with that dumbass comment. A real friend, thinking rationally, would tell him to drop his suit and humbly admit he made a huge mistake.

  • Thick skinned former NYer

    @ Dan's Bud - you all are such hyper sensitive sissies. Tell Dan to get over himself and realize people perceiving him, and knowing him as le' douche de' DC is founded upon his reprehensible behavior and poor long term business sense. Dan has nickeled and dimed (usually in $25 increments - lmao - love that old phrase though) the Skins fans so badly over the past 13 years, that it's hard to believe an epiphany will ever take place. Backing off to hire Shanahan is like having 5 days of sobriety. Dan's character has been all too formed, and I suspect there's no going back, even if he does win in the future.

    The more you and your buds try to defend a sad excuse of a human being, the worse you look too. Take a look in the mirror, re-evaluate our priorities, and get away as fast as you can for Supermassive Black Money Hole Snyder - he is trying to suck the DC area dry!

    Regarding the City Paper - We must Defend at all costs against the financial tyranny of the Skins owner!

  • Thick skinned former NYer

    Dan's in good company with Coach K - get a sense of humor coach Krybaby and Danny Boy : http://johnclay.bloginky.com/2010/04/02/heres-that-coach-k-as-the-devil-cartoon/

  • MT

    The City Paper should issue a retraction of the devil picture, as it is insulting to devils who can actually get things done.

    The City Paper should replace the devil picture with Snyder's face drawn on a douche bag. It is a far more accurate depiction as Snyder is, in fact, a total & complete douche bag. Talk about a moniker with some unused mileage, to wit:

    Dan The Douche Bag Snyder
    Super Douche Snyder
    DANdy Douche
    or perhaps rename the Douche Bag, the Dan Bag

    If you go to a Redskins game, does the ticket bar you from chanting "Douche Bag Dan"? If so, could they eject 90,000 fans chanting it?

    I aim to find out.

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