So Many Shirts and Only One Body

Where I chronicle the multitudinous array of t-shirts of various pictorials and witty sayings. Also posts of wonderment!

Sunday, May 18, 2008

T-Shirts That Will Get You Punch In the Face #4



I was flipping through the telly when I came across this news piece about a bar owner selling a t-shirt with the image of Curious George and the words "Obama '08." While the protesters said the shirt is racist, the bar owner retorted that it's not racist but likens the similarity of the democratic candidate's features to that of the cartoon monkey.

While I see the point of the bar owner, there's also the glaring side of the protesters. Gentle readers, what do you make of this brouhaha? Is this racists or just an unfortunate coincidence?

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2 Comments:

Blogger J. Hazelip said...

Given the long history of comparing blacks to apes and historical references to them as being sub-human, this can only be offensive. The bar owner knows perfectly well what he's doing.

Just as saying that Hillary is unfit to lead because she has ovaries is sexist, comparing Obama to a simian is racist.

5:11 PM  
Blogger Lazarus said...

It feels over the line to me. With all the other very creative Obama shirt out there this bar owner could have done so much better and been less offensive.

3:03 PM  

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