On Tuesday's Tonight Show (airdate: 9/15/09), Conan O'Brien mentioned Indians for the third time. (Or the fourth time, if you count his discussion of scalping.) Here's the joke:A group of Native Americans are trying to force the Washington Redskins to change their name because they find that word offensive. So the team will now be known as the Maryland Redskins.Comment: This must be a record for a network's late-night show. Perhaps for any network talk show. Kudos to O'Brien for including Indians, even in a minor way.
Patrick Barkman adds:Leno actually had a good one, said the gov't had promised to look into the matter (of the R word)...."And you know if the federal gov't makes a promise to Native Americans, you can take that to the bank!"Incidentally, I watched Monday's debut of The Jay Leno Show at 10 pm. As the critics said, it was a total rehash of Leno's Tonight Show. I think The Tonight Show with Conan is better.