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Whole Foods' Chicken Ad Featuring Obama Outrages Neighbors
NBC 4 New York ^ | Thursday, Feb 21, 2013 | Pei-Sze Cheng

Posted on 02/21/2013 2:21:00 PM PST by null and void

The supermarket took down the sign after shoppers complained it was offensive

Some Whole Foods customers are complaining about a sign featuring the president that advertises a sale on chicken.

A Whole Foods supermarket in New York has removed a sign that used a drawing of President Barack Obama to advertise a sale on chicken after complaints that the ad was offensive.

The sign outside the supermarket on Manhattan's Upper West Side, featuring an apparent caricature of Obama advertising an upcoming sale on whole organic chickens, outraged neighbor Woody Henderson.

"There are certain things that have been used to put down black people — watermelon, fried chicken," he said. 

Jason Nunez of the Bronx said, "Even if he's not the president, you're going to have an African-American promoting the sale of chicken? They can do better than that." 

Residents and passersby agreed the man in the sign looked like Obama, but not all thought it was derogatory.

"Obviously it looks like the president, but I don't think it's racist," said Joseph Joshua.

A spokesman for Whole Foods said store artists create a variety of pop culture imagery to promote sales and events. The sign advertising the chicken was put up earlier in the week but taken down "once it was brought to our attention by a shopper that it may be perceived as offensive," said the spokesman. 

"There was no disrespect meant at all," the spokesman said.

Henderson thinks the chain should take more responsibility. Another neighbor, Jeffrey Schaper, said, "I don't think you can find a more pro-Democratic neighborhood. They're sort of shooting themselves in the foot. It is pretty outrageous."


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: ads; bho44; grocery; wholefoods
Tastes Just Like Chicken...
1 posted on 02/21/2013 2:21:04 PM PST by null and void
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To: null and void

The NBC website is so heavy with pop ups and other ad’s - my screen almost froze...geez...I guess they are hurting for funds...and I have a 15mb download


2 posted on 02/21/2013 2:26:01 PM PST by BCW (http://babylonscovertwar.com/index.html)
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To: BCW

Many of us haven’t seen popups or many ads, for that matter, in years. Try adblock, etc.


3 posted on 02/21/2013 2:30:27 PM PST by steve86 (Acerbic by Nature, not Nurture™)
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To: null and void

I agree that any capitalistic ad with O would be offensive.


4 posted on 02/21/2013 2:31:18 PM PST by aimhigh ( Guns do not kill people. Abortion kills people.)
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5 posted on 02/21/2013 2:36:42 PM PST by Rio (Tempis Fugit.)
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To: steve86

Just installed it on Firefox...will revisit the site and see what happens...I usually find good stuff like this on http://www.techsupportalert.com/ - thanks for the link.


6 posted on 02/21/2013 2:38:12 PM PST by BCW (http://babylonscovertwar.com/index.html)
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You just keep on buy your chicken people.

7 posted on 02/21/2013 2:43:13 PM PST by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: BCW

I have Adblock Plus 2.2.3 installed. Some of the adblock alternatives, although similar in name and function, are a little sketchy. Whichever one you use, make sure the filter subscription is set and updated automatically. You will often see people recommend Noscript as well, but I have dropped it in favor of Ghostery (little bit different objective much much less intrusive and is adequate for my purposes). I use Flashblock also and five or six others.


8 posted on 02/21/2013 2:44:08 PM PST by steve86 (Acerbic by Nature, not Nurture™)
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To: null and void
Oh, an outraged person is a person in you neighborhood
In your neighborhood
In your neighborhood
9 posted on 02/21/2013 2:44:10 PM PST by real saxophonist (You can't take the sky from me)
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To: BCW

I visited the site and don’t see a single ad or popup, at least on the main page. Be sure you have popups disabled in Firefox itself.


10 posted on 02/21/2013 2:46:08 PM PST by steve86 (Acerbic by Nature, not Nurture™)
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To: null and void

If it has Obama in it, he should be sacrificing a chicken, not eating it.


11 posted on 02/21/2013 2:47:15 PM PST by Defiant (If there are infinite parallel universes, why Lord, am I living in the one with Obama as President?)
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They forgot the moon pies and RC cola part.


12 posted on 02/21/2013 2:58:27 PM PST by OKSooner (Godspeed, 3-D Danny.)
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0bama would be a better symbol for selling chicken manure.


13 posted on 02/21/2013 3:01:25 PM PST by TigersEye (The irresponsible should not be leading the responsible.)
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There’s a picture in the video....


14 posted on 02/21/2013 3:03:50 PM PST by Cyber Liberty (I am a dissident. Will you join me? My name is John....)
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I am offended they used Obama as a spokesperson

:p


15 posted on 02/21/2013 3:04:13 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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I can see why whiny Eastern Progressives would be offended ... the Food Stamp President normally only officially endorses chickensh!t progressive stuff.


16 posted on 02/21/2013 3:09:11 PM PST by RetiredTexasVet (The Progressive mind...an arid ethical and moral wasteland!)
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I’m guessing Whole Foods needs to re-evaluate their ads for the upcoming produce season, too ... I’m thinking watermelon, here.


17 posted on 02/21/2013 3:12:44 PM PST by glennaro
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Madison Avenue has been full of mulatto images the last five years.


18 posted on 02/21/2013 3:29:19 PM PST by OrangeHoof (Our economy won't heal until one particular black man is unemployed.)
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The comments at the site give me hope for the future.


19 posted on 02/21/2013 3:30:00 PM PST by Walmartian (I'm their leader. Which way did they go?)
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The comments at the site give me hope for the future.


20 posted on 02/21/2013 3:30:22 PM PST by Walmartian (I'm their leader. Which way did they go?)
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COMMENTS AT NBC NEWS>>>>

Matthew Perry · Top Commenter
Would it be racist to have a black person promoting / marketing basketball shoes? One has to wonder...
Reply · 190 · Like · Follow Post · 8 hours ago

James Corley · Chickasha High School
Is it racist to call a black person a black person today?
Reply · 141 · Like · 8 hours ago

Bada Bingg · Terry Parker High
Do you have to ask?
Reply · 36 · Like · 8 hours ago

Matthew Foust · Heartland High School
is it racist to eat chicken? or even talk about chicken?
Reply · 72 · Like · 7 hours ago

Jeff Withrow · Saint Louis, Missouri
If it is racist to show a black person eating chicken, then it is also racist to sell them chicken. Whole Foods should only allow white people to buy chicken to avoid stereotyping black people as the only ones who like to eat chicken.
Reply · 167 · Like · Follow Post · 8 hours ago


21 posted on 02/21/2013 3:38:11 PM PST by dennisw (too much of a good thing is a bad thing --- Joe Pine)
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To: steve86

Yeap - right after I installed it — nothing - good to go!
Much appreciated! Good think Free Republic was back on line!


22 posted on 02/21/2013 5:19:59 PM PST by BCW (http://babylonscovertwar.com/index.html)
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