By Stephen Maguire
A US campaign group claims the band, formerly called The Casino Showband, are insulting to the country's indigenous people. The politically correct campaigners have gone as far as to contact a number of concert promoters in Ireland calling on them to boycott the band. They have bombarded various hotels and concert venues with emails as part of the campaign.
The Indians have been playing concerts across Ireland for 40 years, have their own stage names and wear costumes.
Band leader and keyboard player Eamon Keane, who is known as Sitting Bull, said he is outraged that the group are trying to claim his band are dishonouring the native American people.
"All we ever get are positive comments about our show. This is PC gone mad. I don't want to give this added publicity but it's madness.
"I have received a lot of emails from these people. I would be happy to meet them and explain to them that we are not trying to offend them."
Some reactions from me and my Facebook friends:
"PC posse" = critics of racism, of course.
The "Indians" get "positive comments" only because they play before equally clueless audiences in Europe. The first time Natives heard about this band, the responses were overwhelming negative.
"I have received a lot of emails from these people. I would be happy to meet them and explain to them that we are not trying to offend them." Yeah, why don't you meet with a few members of AIM? And see how badly they kick your butt with that stupid argument?
The Fighting Irish have become the Whining, Crying Irish. They're feeling the pressure, so keep it up!
The "only a band" excuse
Funny that the Irish crybabies have responded to criticism by saying the "Indians" are only a band. Whaddya think...that stereotypes have to be attached to nuclear missiles before they're harmful?
It's only a band, a song, a mascot, a TV show, a movie, etc. I'd love to hear these idiots specify under what circumstances they'd oppose Native stereotypes. Never, obviously.
So stereotypes are "harmless"? So is burning a cross in someone's yard (if you make sure it doesn't singe the grass). And hanging a noose on someone's door. None of these cause any physical harm, so what's the problem?
"Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names, images, crosses, and nooses will never hurt me."
For more on Irish showband, see "Blacks" Showband vs. "Indians" Showband and Natives Attack "Indians" Showband.
Below: Another harmless exercise of free speech not intended to offend anyone.