Chiefs Issue Headdress Ban At Arrowhead Stadium, Certain Face Paint Prohibited

The Kansas City Chiefs announced the organization is banning fans from wearing headdresses at Arrowhead Stadium and there will also be a ban on face painting “styled in a way that references or appropriates American Indian cultures,” according to a release sent out on social media.

  • While we have discouraged fans from wearing headdresses for several years, effective immediately, fans will be prohibited from wearing headdresses into the stadium.
  • Face painting is still allowed for all fans, but any face paint that is styled in a way that references or appropriates American Indian cultures and traditions will be prohibited.
  • Fans will be asked to remove any American Indian-themed face paint prior to passing security screening outside the stadium.
  • We are engaged in a thorough review process of the Arrowhead Chop and plan to have additional discussions in the future.
  • We are exploring all options for a modified engagement moment from the Drum Deck that maintains a unifying effect between our fans and our players but better represents the spiritual significance of the drum in American Indian cultures.
  • This includes discussions around how to shift the focus of the drum to something that symbolizes the heartbeat of the stadium.
  • As allowed by NFL guidelines and the City of Kansas City Health Department for the coronavirus-impacted 2020 season, we will continue with many of the traditions that we have introduced over the past six years, including the Blessing of the Four Directions, the Blessing of the Drum, as well as inviting members of tribes with a historic connection to our region to participate in our American Indian Heritage Month Game.
  • Finally, we are exploring the creation of a more formalized education program with input from both our local and national partners.

The Drum Deck referenced in the letter to fans is an American Indian-themed drum placed in a section of the upper deck where special guests would beat on the drum to fire up Chiefs fans. Just one year ago, the Drum Deck was getting a facelift and was prominently displayed on the Chiefs Facebook page. Now it sounds like the drum area will go under for another facelift.

It’s been a summer of change around the NFL, a league that now has a team called the Washington Football Team. While the Chiefs aren’t changing their nickname, it’s clear that Indian symbolism is being phased out by the organization.

The Drum Deck

One of the best traditions in football is getting an upgrade!

Posted by The Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday, June 20, 2019

Written by Joe Kinsey

I'm an Ohio guy, born in Dayton, who roots for Ohio State and can handle you guys destroying the Buckeyes, Urban Meyer and everything associated with Columbus.


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  1. “We are doing our best to figure out how to alienate our loyal fans to satisfy the woke, politically correct demands of a vocal group of self-appointed, Stalinist cultural commissars, most of whom do not even watch football. Please join us and the rest of the NFL as we embark on this slow motion, kamikaze mission. (And we use that term in a respectful, culturally non-appropriating way.)”

  2. One year ago today the world still had most of its marbles.

    It has been said that what goes up must come down. Nobody said anything about crazy.
    Seems that just happens … and fast.

    We’re on our way to a franchise and stadium being sponsored by BLM ✊🏿. (Welcome to BLM stadium, now kneel AT the alter of piece by the sword)

  3. The Chiefs stated that “Face painting is still allowed for all fans, but any face paint that is styled in a way that references or appropriates American Indian cultures and traditions will be prohibited.”

    So they won’t know until they arrive at the stadium. Are they going to have a native american Indian at every gate to individually inspect every painted face entering into the stadium?

    Who is the person who determines what is offensive or not?

    Why not just make a brochure of all the offensive face painting, so the fans will know what not to use and save them the embarrassment at the gate.

    Decades of normality and just my opinion, every since Obama served as the POTUS, he single-handed created this “butt hurt” and sensitive culture.

    Everyone is offended for everything.

  4. Dont go to games. Leave that stadium empty. Let’s do an experiment and see how long it takes for this to blow up in their faces. I can’t believe the majority of Chiefs fans throughout the country arent sick right now. I am and I’m not a Chiefs fan. Also, get rid of the name KC. Go full woke. Get rid of cheerleaders. #MeToo! Objectifying woman is as bad as objectifying Indians. Where’s Goodell at? You have to get rid of all Cheerleaders. Have too! Every team. Let’s destroy everything about the NFL culture and what unifies a team fan base for a small minority of squeaky wheeled cry babies.

    • I totally agree as well.

      The team is telling their most diehard fans…the ones who wore headdresses: “We don’t want you here anymore, you racists”. And to the hundreds of others who wore face paint to games at Arrowhead, they’re warning “You’d better very careful..or we’ll throw YOU good for nothing racists out of the stadium as well”. This is the woke version of getting the bum’s rush. Talk about insulting.

      Super Bowl champions or not, it’s time to say “Enough”. Fans need to show a little spine every now & then, for God’s sake.

  5. Are they trying to kill their brand and stadium experience? 80% of Green Bay season ticket holders have opted out this season. That’s one of the most rabid fan bases in the NFL. What will happen to less loyal fans? Chiefs had a unique experience. Now why bother going to the stadium?

  6. Do you really think a team would choose a name that they were not proud of that didn’t represent strength and warrior traits in this instance a name they would be proud of. The NFL is really going out of their way to alienate fans and they are succeeding really quite remarkable how dumb these owners and the league is. Dawg Pound, Black Hole ,Steeler Nation it’s all about having fun and bringing excitement to the game it is really No Fun League now.

  7. The manifestation of the racism and white supremacy of the left on display here. To them, white people ‘punch down’ when they mock or imitate people of other cultures and ethnicities. This is why they’re so against ‘appropriation’. They literally think whites are superior and have to lift everybody else up, and that this sort of thing does the opposite.

    It’s just as Whitlock said, the Klansmen traded in their hoods long ago and figured new more insidious ways to spread their racism. IF everybody is truly equal, then everybody should be able to imitate, appropriate, and mock everybody else. Period. Anything else implies one race is superior/inferior to another.

  8. So, can someone, anyone explain to me why you would name your team after an object of derision? Does anyone name their team “The Clowns” for example? Can anyone explain to me how wearing an object, painting one’s face or conducting some ritual that mimics that of Native Americans is demeaning to them, and why a person would openly mock their team? I’d really like to hear an explanation from the PC SJW crowd.

  9. I always heard that imitation is the greatest form of flattery. Good grief we love the American Indian can we please act like them and dress like them if we want too? I’ve been playing Cowboys and Indians since the 1950’s. In the immortal words of the great and late Vince Lombardi, “What in the hell is going on around here?”

    PS as a Cowboy fan since 1963 I will always call the Washington Redskins the damn REDSKINS! Go ahead and arrest me.

  10. Sell your season tickets. Stay home. Don’t buy any merch. Don’t go to the team sites or or ESPN, etc. Watch as little of this travesty on TV if you must. KIck them all squarely in the wallet. Fuck the NFL. They’ve clearly picked their lane.

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