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Outrage At Obama/Curious George T-Shirts

From New England’s NECN and a highly incensed Associated Press:

‘Curious George’ publisher may sue T-shirt vendor

May 16, 2008

MARIETTA, Ga.—The publisher of the popular children’s book series “Curious George” is considering legal action against a Georgia bar owner for selling T-shirts that show the inquisitive monkey peeling a banana with “Obama in ’08” printed beneath the image.

    “Houghton Mifflin Harcourt did not nor would we ever authorize or approve this use of the Curious George character, which we find offensive and utterly out of keeping with the values Curious George represents,” said Richard Blake, the company’s spokesman.

    Bar owner Mike Norman, who began selling the shirts in late April, has said they are not meant to be racist. He said he thinks the Illinois senator and the character “look so much alike.”

    Bill Nigut, southeast regional director for the Anti-Defamation League, said Norman is being disingenuous.

    “He can pretend he doesn’t understand what the message of that T-shirt is, but he knows full well that’s an offensive and demeaning stereotype used to insult African-Americans,” Nigut said.

    Of course you remember all of the similar outrage expressed when the left made a cottage industry out of comparing President Bush to a chimpanzee?

    We don’t either.

    This article was posted by Steve on Friday, May 16th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

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