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The Supreme Court May Support ‘The Slants,’ But Their Decision Doesn’t Help Asian Americans

The Slants, the Portland, Oregon-based band that for six years fought in the courts for the right to trademark their controversial name, finally won Monday when the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled in their favor. In doing so, they overturned a 71-year-old policy preventing words that could “disparage” groups of people from being legitimized.  

Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. said, “We now hold that this provision violates the Free Speech Clause of the 1st Amendment… Speech may not be banned on the ground that it expresses ideas that offend.”

Talk Show Host Has No Clue ‘Oriental’ Was Considered Racist Towards Asians

Radio talk show host Mike Francesca had no idea the term “oriental” was derogatory towards Asian Americans until he discussed the Supreme Court ruling in favor of rock band The Slants’ request to trademark their name.

“They all were Oriental Americans who were part of the group. … They were some kind of a musical band from Oregon, and they could not trademark the name Slant, even though they were a group of young Oriental Americans,” the 63-year-old commentator for New York’s WFAN said on Monday.

Band Wins Landmark Case in the Supreme Court to Call Themselves ‘The Slants’

Asian-American rock band The Slants are now free to call themselves by the name often used as a racist term towards Asians after a the Supreme Court ruled in their favor 8-0.

The band’s frontman, Simon Tam, sued after the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office kept the group from registering its name and rejected its appeal, citing the Lanham Act, which prohibits any trademark that could “disparage … or bring … into contemp[t] or disrepute” any “persons, living or dead,” NPR reported.