I won't even get started on the whole notion of a "Republican" voting for Obama.
The drug store chain Walgreen dropped the product after about a week without explanation. The creator, Joseph Pedott, appears to have meant well by it.
"I'm sick about it," Pedott, 76, said, disputing any suggestion that Chia Obama's Chia hair was mocking the Afro hairstyle.
"Obama had an Afro -- does that make him racist?" Pedott said. "So how the hell do you get racist out of it? And number one, you can give him a haircut."
Pedott said he is a Republican, but he voted for Obama and was just trying to do right by the new president.
"It's Americana," Pedott said. "I thought I would take the good name of Chia and support the good things that he's trying to do. ... That was a labor of love."
Pedott said he was so confident the Chia Obama was not offensive he even asked the Rev. Jesse Jackson to screen it when he ran into him recently at a Chicago eatery.
"He said, quote, 'I think this is a find product,' end quote -- I have three witnesses," Pedott said.
The point is, he really does not appear to have had any malicious intent here and even seems to be trying to honor the man. While I think the product is stupid, I don't think it is any more stupid than any of the other Chia pets. I certainly don't think it is racist.
So the question is, am I missing something here? Is this racist? Or is it what it appears to be, corporate suits who don't know the first thing about racism trying to decide what is and what isn't racism? What are your thoughts?
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