Whole foods have stirred up controversy in Manhattan for having a sign outside featuring a sketch of Obama announcing deals on chicken. They obviously forgot the advertising rule that if has anything to do with chicken or watermelon, you can not have black people near it as that could be seen as a racist stereotype. This rule even applies to Australian KFC who used an Aussie fan ending up in the seating area of the West Indies fans in one of their ads, and he got out of that awkward situation by offering a bucket a chicken. The one thing the two opposing teams fans could agree on. It doesn't matter one iota that neither the West Indies* nor Australia share the specific infected history of slavery that the USA, and particularly the southern states where fried chicken and watermelon are a staple diet, do. These foods are now symbols. Everyone in Manhattan should know this, including the person who made the chalk art announcing a sale on chicken at Whole Foods.
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."
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*The West Indies and Australia have their own sordid history with slavery that doesn't involve southern food as symbols for poverty.
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