Whole Foods meant ‘no disrespect’ by using Obama to sell chicken

Whole Foods advertisement uses Barack Obama to sell chicken

Let’s see…a couple of months ago Whole Food’s CEO John Mackey criticized President Barack Obama’s health care reform law, saying “it’s more like fascism,” and that the government controls “the means of production” in health care.

Therefore, one can conclude that the executive is not an Obama fan and may have approved this sales tactic for nefarious reasons.

Just sayin’…

The Real Story

A spokesperson for Whole Foods says that a store on Manhattan’s Upper West Side has taken down an advertisement that featured Barack Obama’s likeness, but insisted the company meant “no disrespect” by using the nation’s first African-American president to sell chicken.

Upper West Side resident Woody Henderson contacted WNBC after he saw the sign advertising whole organic chicken for $1.99 a pound. The advertisement sat outside the store’s entrance and included a color drawing of the president.

“There are certain things that have been used to put down black people: watermelon, fried chicken,” Henderson explained.

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

Whole Foods spokesperson Michael Sinatra told WNBC that the sign was put up earlier in the week and that the company regularly used drawings of pop culture figures to sell products.

Sinatra said the sign was removed “once it was brought to our attention by a shopper that it may be perceived as offensive.”

“There was no disrespect meant at all,” he insisted.

But Henderson isn’t buying that explanation.

“If that same employee had drawn a picture of a naked woman sitting with her legs wide open and put it in front of the store, what they’re basically saying is they wouldn’t have known nothing about it or it had nothing to do with them,” Henderson asserted. “They are responsible.”

Resident Jeffrey Schaper pointed out that the Whole Foods strategy didn’t make any sense because the Upper West Side was a liberal area.

“I don’t think you can find a more pro-Democratic neighborhood,” Schaper observed. “They’re sort of shooting themselves in the foot. It is pretty outrageous.”

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8 responses to “Whole Foods meant ‘no disrespect’ by using Obama to sell chicken

  1. Reblogged this on The ObamaCrat.Com™ and commented:
    This says it all for me……
    “There are certain things that have been used to put down black people: watermelon, fried chicken,” Henderson explained.

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

    Once again, thank you Ms. Kstreet607. The Fifth Column keeps us all informed.

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  2. Water melon and fried chicken have been used to “put down black people”…? Really? New one on me! My best friend of many years is Jamaican and he’s never mentioned anything like that! Doesn’t distract from the fact that it’s disgraceful though.

    And yes…I’d have to agree lol that “one can conclude that the executive is not an Obama fan and may have approved this sales tactic for nefarious reasons.” :)

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  3. mhasegawa

    Ah, yes. Upper west side liberals must like fried chicken and watermelon also.

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  4. Ted

    OK, I just have to say thing — no offense intended to anyone:

    I find even the IDEA of shopping at Whole Foods to be offensive.
    There; I said it.

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  5. Whole Foods has really been disappointing lately. Seems to be going the way of that greasy chicken joint few months back that was bigoted against LGBT community (chickfilet?). Same with Koch brothers – and I used to swear by Angel Soft until I knew the evil they were up to in undermining elections and democracy.

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  6. The hits just keep coming. So disturbing, what these ijits will do.

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