As if there hasn't been enough coverage of how using images of monkeys to represent the first African-American Presidential candidate from one of the two main parties is unwarranted and incredibly racist, there's a new company marketing a new Obama-monkey product. TheSockObama Co. is marketing this toy via its website that we're not going to link to. In response to inquiries from plenty of people about what kind of scum-sucking, race-baiting, Neo Nazi company they are, they responded:
We simply made a casual and affectionate observation one night, and a charming association between a candidate and a toy we had when we were little. We wonder now if this might be a great opportunity to take this moment to really try and transcend still existing racial biases. We think that if we can do this together, maybe it will behoove us a nation and maybe we'll even begin to truly communicate with one another more tenderly, more real even.
A charge, then, to journalists: Please photograph every single person at the Republican National Convention sporting that shirt or carrying this doll. It's time that we know their faces so that we might shun these people. [Atlanta Journal-Constitution, New York Magazine]