…why can’t I?
From a recent story, some enterprising conservative, and most likely Christian, entrepreneurs have designed and marketed Obama Waffles, and set up shop to sell them at the Value Voters Summit last week.
Activists at a conservative political forum snapped up boxes of waffle mix depicting Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama as a racial stereotype on its front and wearing Arab-like headdress on its top flap.
The waffles were sold for $10 a box (Ten bucks! Can you say “rip-off”?) to convention goers until someone in charge realized that the box depicted Obama as a racial and religious stereotype, and pulled their license to sell.
Aunt Jemima anyone?
And how about downright tasteless and offensive?
On the back of the box, Obama is depicted in stereotypical Mexican dress, including a sombrero, above a recipe for “Open Border Fiesta Waffles” that says it can serve “4 or more illegal aliens.” The recipe includes a tip: “While waiting for these zesty treats to invade your home, why not learn a foreign language?”
This was an item that the writers who created it styled as “political satire”, which they thought they could sell to people attending the convention hosted by the Family Research Council, a “Christian organization promoting the traditional family unit and the Judeo-Christian value system upon which it is built”. I wonder exactly what family values this particular satire promotes.
Asked if he considered the pictures of Obama on the box to be racial stereotypes, Whitlock [one of the creators] said: “We had some people mention that to us, but you think of Newman’s Own or Emeril’s — there are tons and tons of personality-branded food products on the market. So we’ve taken that model and, using political satire, have highlighted his policies, his position changes.”
There’s a great rationalization. Paul Newman puts his own picture on his own products to sell them (and donates all the profits, by the way – $250 million so far) so it must be OK to put a racially demeaning caricature of Obama on a box of waffles (without his permission because he’s a public figure) and sell them to glad-handing Christians spouting family values (and keeping the profits in the process). Yeah. I get the analogy. Makes perfect sense.
Greedy, ignorant, bigoted bastards.
I decided that two can play the game, so I designed a graphic for the ad campaign below.
Now if I can only get Kimberly-Clark, the maker of Depend™, to send me their profits, I’ll be glad to donate them to the Obama campaign.
[Also, thanks to The Exterminator for the original spark of humor for the graphic. At his age, he probably doesn’t even remember providing it.]