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Monday, March 24, 2014

Oh my: Belgian Newspaper Depicts Barack and Michelle Obama as Apes Ahead of President's Visit

Oh my....
Publishing a picture of the Obamas as apes has been described as "awful" and "too far". That the country's seventh largest Dutch language newspaper – part of the multi-million euro De Persgroep Nederland organisation – published such pictures is beyond the realms of decency to most people who have seen and commented on the image.
De Persgroep owns both De Morgen, as a smaller outlet, and Het Laatste Nieuws, the country's best read paper, as well as various TV and radio channels.
Writer Chika Unigwe, who first began to circulate the image on Twitter yesterday noted in her tweets, "even as a joke, this's gone too far", also asking, "Why did De Morgen publish this? In the 21st century? I hope Obama cancels his state visit to Belgium".
Others were also outraged, with one taking to the social networking service to note: "Vile. Shocked beyond words" while one person noted of the image: "that's so wrong!!! Gosh! Just awful!"
Commenters on Reddit have also rightly showed their anger over the matter, with replies to the image such as: "Love how Northern European countries are in such denial over their racism problem" and "European racism: straight outta the '40s".
The picture was published 'jokingly' as if it were sent in from Russian President Vladimir Putin, accompanied by the words: "He sent us this attachment at our request, and chose to sent pictures instead of text 'because he doesn't have a lot of time'."
I cannot think of any other President of the United States who was treated with such contempt by the rest of the world. An no, it's not racism.

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12 Comments:

At 2:52 AM, Blogger Sunlight said...

The rest of the world always wanted the US to be a Marxist Paradise. Now they don't like it when it happens" Ready to recover the old US again? And we'll be better because we won't actually need anybody's oil/gas and there's enough to export if the effing politicians will quit trying to be commie dictators and get out of the way...

 
At 4:51 AM, Blogger in the vanguard said...

I think you're a bit harsh on the Belgians here!

 
At 8:13 AM, Blogger Avi said...

Belgium got something right

 
At 8:41 AM, Blogger Xen Xmith said...

Disgusting!

 
At 8:43 AM, Blogger Xen Xmith said...

Disgusting!

 
At 3:37 PM, Blogger Trish said...

Wow. "I cannot think of any other President of the United States who was treated with such contempt by the rest of the world. An no, it's not racism."

You do realize that Bush was Persistently portrayed as an ape, right?

I don't like it, and think it is disgusting, but please. It's not just the Obama family who by coincidence are black. Just google "Bush Ape" and scroll to the myriad of photos of GW Bush and you will see plenty of equally rude photos of him being portrayed as an ape.

 
At 3:53 PM, Blogger Carl in Jerusalem said...

To all those who have commented on the treatment of GW Bush.

Yes, of course, I remember how miserably Bush was treated by the American media.

But only by the American media.

The rest of the world respected Bush, and would never have treated him the way the foreign media now treat Obama.

Sadly, the United States is now not treated as well as it was under Bush. Outside the US, we still can't figure out how you re-elected this guy.

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.

 
At 9:37 PM, Blogger GzyOnline said...

Thank you, Trish!

 
At 10:23 PM, Blogger Rebecca Cook said...

Pssst...the dirty little secret is he probably wasn't elected the 2nd time. Soros owned voting machines maintained by dem union SEIU in many states were flipping votes in swing states. Also, several counties had voter turnout larger than their entire population that "voted" 100% for Obama. Sound like a banana republic? The American media covered up for him in ways that should embarrass them, but they don't even try to hide it anymore. The good news is that their are many of us that wish to change out all leaders in Congress and will be making sure the 2014 elections give us more Constitution lovers with some backbone. Most everyone in positions of leadership are probably compromised. Obama got into his first state senate position by smearing rivals and he continued that technique every election. Yet our media refuses to report he has a well known penchant for members of the same sex. That would help people understand why he refused to follow the Defense of Marriage act by congress and has made a mockery of our military with drag queen shows on base. He has fired over 200 military leaders. He is an obamanation and is causing damage that may not be repairable. I will tell you something you already know--he is an enemy of Israel. He has many Muslim brotherhood advisors that have completely changed what our FBI training manuals and military training can contain--of course truth is not allowed because it offends the Muslim brotherhood. It doesn't feel like the USA of my childhood. Our nation that was free speech and opportunity laden is gone for now. One last thing--as a Christian I have a great love for the Jewish people. How can I not love Gods chosen people? Our president has made Israel more vulnerable to its enemies and even though I never played a part in that , as a nation we are going to be held accountable for that. People were under a spell when Obama first ran. They honestly looked at him as their messiah who could magically make their lives better. It was scary to watch him being portrayed in the media as god like. I believe our punishment was God blinded people to the truth because they were worshiping a man instead of Him. We are in deep dookie if you know what I mean...

 
At 10:26 PM, Blogger Dscoduc said...

I can imagine you didn't complain much with the target was Bush...

http://www.sabrizain.org/iraq/anti-war/CuriousGeorge.jpg

 
At 11:00 PM, Blogger Carl in Jerusalem said...

Dscoduc,

You obviously have not been reading this blog for very long.

 
At 8:43 AM, Blogger Loyal Opposition said...

IDK... The newspaper did seem to feel a need to mention his "blackness"... and frankly comparing people to apes is uncalled for - whether white or black (except when they're acting like animals)... the picture made me want to throw up.

 

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