Saturday, May 17, 2008

T-Shirts Comparing Obama to Curious George May Earn a Lawsuit

In Georgia, bar owner Mike Norman has been selling T-shirts at his Mulligan's Bar and Grill in Cobb County showing a picture of Curious Georgie peeling a banana, with the words "Obama '08" underneath.

Norman began selling the T-shirts in late April. He has said that they are not meant to be racist, and that he thinks the Illinois senator and the character "look so much alike." Yeah, right.

Bill Nigut, southeast regional director for the Anti-Defamation League, disagreed.
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.
Houghton Mifflin is the publisher of the Curious George books, and they are considering legal action.

Company spokesman Richard Blake said:
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. We are monitoring the situation and weighing all of our options.
Yeah, well, go for it. In 1998 they sued a punk band named Furious George over the use of the Curious George image.

Let's not just sue them, but let's get some damages too, eh?

Racism is alive and well in America.


Anonymous said...

but it's ok for blacks to insult whites call them rude racist names but that's ok because it's aginist whites. Look at a black person wrong or breath wrong around them and your a racist and offending them. The racism and offensive crying is a minipulative why to get money and control.

Anonymous said...

I am tired of hearing that someone is a racist. Get a life, think positive.

Anonymous said...

Where can I find that tshirt...lmfao!


Anonymous said...

I thought the idea was really funny...until I saw it. Sorry folks, it's a racial slap...not funny, or even humorous for that matter.