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09/14/2008 10:08 AM ID: 73371 Permalink   

Obama Waffles Appear Racist


At the 2008 Value Voters Summit sponsored by the Family Research Council, they sold boxes of waffles with Presidential candidate Barack Obama pictured on the box. One with a caricature of Barack Obama and another with him pictured with a turban on.

The boxes had phrases on them such as "Obama Waffles" and "Waffling the World Over". The box with him pictured wearing the turban said "Point box toward Mecca for tastier waffles".

The reporter said: "I asked the 'chef' if he was at all concerned that this might be viewed as a white man putting a black man into a frying pan? He laughed and said, 'I hope so.'" The event featured speakers such as Lou Dobbs, Joe Gibbs, and others.

    WebReporter: gws1968 Show Calling Card      
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More race-card rhetoric.

I saw this yesterday and it never struck me as being racist:

The last time he tried to drum up sympathy by playing the race card, it backfired. I'm so tired of others trying to use his race as a crutch.

  by: CArnold     09/14/2008 11:09 AM     
  Again with the Muslim thing?  
These guys need a new line.
  by: Jaded Fox     09/14/2008 12:32 PM     
Is it just me, or is this election exponentially more juvenile than any other?
  by: Tumbleweed   09/14/2008 03:48 PM     
To the best of my knowledge Obama hasn't had anything to say about this yet. But if he did he would be well within his rights. If you don't like anyone saying anything about racism then we can call it Islamophobia. Either way it is despicable and unacceptable to me. All they are doing is spewing their hate, ignorance, and fear mongering.

The author of the story also wrote in more detail in her blog.

The things she described that went on is pathetic and lends credence to the people who claim republicans are "the white party" and/or racist.
  by: gws1968     09/14/2008 04:37 PM     
  I don't find this to be racist  
Holding someone personally responsible for the religion of their father is bigotry and shouldn't be allowed in American politics. Especially when there is nothing essentially wrong with being the son of a Muslim.
  by: VermiciousG     09/14/2008 05:02 PM     
"The last time he tried to drum up sympathy by playing the race card, it backfired. I'm so tired of others trying to use his race as a crutch."

So you're blaming Obama for the fact that his image was used in poor taste? I don't hear any outcry from the campaign, just disappointment from the public in these poorly-considered attempts to portray Obama as "not one of us."
  by: lĀ“anglais     09/14/2008 05:21 PM     
  is it just me  
or did others chuckle at the last comment too
  by: hl2k   09/14/2008 05:30 PM     
  by: VermiciousG     09/14/2008 07:28 PM     
  Racial Stereotyping at it's best  
if you don't see the offensive nature sprinkled all over the box of Obama's waffles you are clearly in denial.

The bulging eyes and grossly over emphasized lips are hallmark in American culture as distorted depictions of Americans of African descent. Quit pretending it's the idea that people of color are to sensitive about certain things when you know it's wrong....wrong....wrong
  by: roschelle   09/14/2008 07:41 PM     
  anyone else  
get the mental image of Aunt Jemima all over Barack Obama o_0
... i think i broke something
  by: calilac     09/14/2008 08:23 PM     
  Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.  
I have to chuckle when I hear people (of any politcal afflilation) claim racism because they purport that a picture of someone doing something that in some context may, from some obscure angle have racial implications.

Lets see... How can we take advertising or media icons and make them look racist or horribly offensive.... Lets try:

Mr. Clean: Burly white guy. White clothes, hangs around white houses. Is this saying that non caucasion people are too dirty?

Aunt Jemima: Apparently only black women can make pancakes? Is this a reference that a black domestic slave is the only one capable of making good food? (Anyone that actually thinks that needs a good groin kick btw...)

Lakota Joint Care Native Dude: Only natural products can come from "Indigenous people" and that all of these dirty immigrants have no medical knowledge.

What other things could we make something horridly offensive up about?

Ahhh screw it you get the point.

Acutally, if you don't get the point, its this: Racism can be found in anything if you look hard enough.

The picture is a caricature. ( If *anyone* has a caricature done of them, they are going to have certain features exaggerated.

I would have buck teeth, a big nose, a monsterous red hair-do and freckles all over. Why? Well, its because thats what a caricature does. It exaggerates feautres we ALREADY HAVE. If a black man has big lips in real life, then GUESS WHAT?!?!? in a caricature, he's going to have freakin' *HUGE* lips.

Suck it up Princess. Its not racism. It's an amusing picture of Obama on a waffle box.
  by: gbestwick   09/15/2008 02:28 AM     
  Thanks gws1968  
Went to the sight.

They had a picture on the back of the box with Obama wearing a turbine and an large read arrow saying:

"Point the box toward Mecca for tastier waffles."

Try to spin it any way you can, this is pure racist crap.
  by: ichi     09/15/2008 04:06 AM     
"It's an amusing picture of Obama on a waffle box."

Ah yes, very amusing picture, with the large lips, and large ears. Oh and depicting a well known Christian as a Muslim and telling you to turn the box towards Mecca. Definately not racist *or* offensive to Christians *or* offensive to Muslims.

Can I have some of your Kool-Aid?
  by: vash_the_stampede     09/15/2008 06:01 AM     
I'm missing the linkage here - what
does the FRC have to do with the GOP?
  by: SoshiMaster   09/15/2008 06:18 AM     
  @Jaded Fox  
That could be said with half the garbage comment replies that come spewing out of SN'ers mouths about the Republicans, Bush, and McCain.

I suggest you just shut up.
  by: pcXXXtreme   09/15/2008 06:19 AM     
and you have a nice day too.
  by: Jaded Fox     09/15/2008 06:28 AM     
That's uncalled for.
  by: SoshiMaster   09/15/2008 07:37 AM     
  @vash - SIghhhhhhh  
Perhaps you should have some of my Kool Aid. Its a magical kind that gives you the ability to appreciate that some things are funny and that taking offence at all things aren't required.

Honestly, while I can't vote in the US election, if I could I would vote Obama. He's got so much going for him. Honestly, the alternative makes me cry...

The "Point box toward Mecca" bit was funny. Would you be so horribly offended if someone did a cartoon that put Saddam in a Priests outfit and showed him asking a choir boy to help him find a WMD? (Ok, maybe that was a *really* tasteless joke, but thats the best I could come up with that quickly)

The fact is, it was a good joke. Sometimes a joke is a joke is a joke is a joke. Its important to be able to laugh at things. I have in my years been subject to being the brunt public jokes, and I have happily laughed because they were A) reflecting on something that was true B) Just funny.

You need to develop a bit thicker layer of skin.

Really, this wasn't a mean spirited joke. Honestly, the bit I just made up about Saddam will prolly get me flamed more than the Obama joke will.

Was this intended to parody Obama's seemingly waffly position on things? Sure! Am I offended by it? Nope. Should a Muslim be offended? No. It doesn't mock their values. It doesn't mock their religeon. It doesn't debase anything. Its a freakin' joke. Get over it.

Mad magazine has been doing stuff like that for 56 years. Do you get your knickers wound up so tight every time you see someone in the magazine being lampooned? No? Didn't think so.

I *like* Obama. I'm surmising that you are also an Obama supporter. I would highly recommend that you learn to take a slightly lighter approach on such thing before you start getting ulcers.

  by: gbestwick   09/15/2008 10:11 AM     
  I disagree  
Mean spirited was exactly what this was. Nobody with a fraction of a brain still believes that Obama is a Muslim.

This was nothing more than an attempt by a bigot to get Obama's goat under the guise of trying to stay relevant.
  by: VermiciousG     09/15/2008 02:17 PM     
the link is the FRC clearly endorses the GOP. They consider themselves the only people who support "Family Values" like the GOP. When in truth all they preach is hatred and one mindedness.
  by: gws1968     09/15/2008 05:18 PM     
  Is Palin's V.P.Selection " Buying A Pig In A Poke"  
Or would that be sexist.

Definition at:
  by: ichi     09/15/2008 10:58 PM     
  To Use The Above Would Be Hurtful  
Just as the sale of the boxes of waffle mix was intended to be.
  by: ichi     09/15/2008 11:03 PM     
Well YEE doggy and kiss my grits! We might as well print up us some Klan' shirts with Obama's picture and a bunch of nooses on the ground WOOOOOO doggy! That would be some mighty fun shirts right dere, and nothin' wrong wif em at all, it just be some high quality entertainment and appreciating something that wouldn't be racist or offensive to blacks at ALL!

Tells ya what, on the shirt why don't we have a picture of a jew with a very large nose on the shirt too, for good measure, cause' no way that could be offensive, it's just good ol' humor here, YES SIR, good ol' humor! These people need to grow a thick skin, am I right?

/sarcasm off.

Seriously, give me soem of your kool-aid. You'd have to be a bigot to NOT find this box offensive, racist, derogatory and more. Either that are you are wearing the biggest pair of blinders that the world has ever seen.
  by: vash_the_stampede     09/16/2008 01:36 AM     
Then there isn't a link at all - this
has nothing to do with the Republican
  by: SoshiMaster   09/16/2008 02:31 AM     
Well done.
  by: VermiciousG     09/16/2008 05:21 AM     
  Racist? Not hardly.  
Now if it had said Obama watermelons or Obama chickens, then yes.
  by: elzorro   09/16/2008 09:53 PM     
Yeah, it's not racist. It's anti-Muslim which still qualifies as bigoted though.
  by: VermiciousG     09/16/2008 09:59 PM     
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