When I first heard this I had no idea why anyone would have a problem with it. Then the story makes clear it’s because someone thought it was racist. I guess I’m not thinking ‘racist’ enough. Or something. Keep in mind, this happened in an Upper Westside New York City Whole Foods, filled with workers, I’m sure, who all voted for Obama and perhaps like me, don’t think of him on racial terms. But, alas, so many other people are now obsessed with race, and yet this was something we thought Obama and his bots would transcend. Silly us.
An advertisement for organic chicken using a Barack Obama look-alike has been removed from a Whole Foods’ store.
A sign in front of the grocery chain’s store in Manhattan had a picture that looked like the president, some customers felt, and the store took it down after complaints, NBC New York reports.
A spokesman for Whole Foods, which is known for selling organic and locally produced foods, said “there was no disrespect meant at all” and that artists for the store often use pop culture images for advertising.
Woody Henderson, who lives on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, was offended and called the news station about the incident.
“There are certain things that have been used to put down black people,” he said.
While some agreed with Henderson, other neighbors thought that even though the man in the advertisement looked like the president, it wasn’t offensive.
In January, Whole Foods Market CEO John Mackey called Obama’s healthcare law “fascism” while promoting his new book on NPR. Shortly afterward he apologized for the comment, saying it was “a bad choice of words on my part.”
UPDATE: The Twitter response to this post, so far, has been pretty funny…