After a resident of an Upper West Side neighborhood in Manhattan expressed outrage about a Whole Foods advertisement that used an illustration of President Obama to promote a sale for organic chicken, the store has removed it, with a spokesman saying "There was no disrespect meant at all."
Outraged store neighbor Woody Henderson contacted NBC 4 New York to complain about what he perceived as a racial slur, and the outlet reported the story. The sign appeared outside the doorway of the Whole Foods located on Columbus Avenue and 97th Street. It was created by a staffer, a "store artist" who uses "a variety of pop culture imagery to promote sales and events," NBC 4 said.
The sign was removed "once it was brought to our attention by a shopper that it may be perceived as offensive," the Whole Foods spokesman said.
"There are certain things that have been used to put down black people," Henderson said. "Watermelon, fried chicken.”
The NBC 4 report:
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