New Era Caps, responsible for the butt-ugly design, mistakenly assumed that all teams would be sporting their primary logos. Instead, the Tribe will don their block-C cap, on which the stars and stripes don't look totally inappropriate (pictured right).
Here's what Business Insider had to say about the Wahoo design:
Nevermind that the logo is already an ignorant caricature of a race of people and nevermind the short-sightedness of covering a Native American logo with stars and stripes. Many feel the logo just looks a little too much like a Blackface cartoon.
And how. Even if you're not righteously opposed to Chief Wahoo — because of nostalgic attachment or, I don't know, loyalty — this would've been awful. Just atrocious. I mean it looks like Wahoo's covered in pimples or something.
And let's not even broach the fundamental (and almost sadistic) ironies involved.