Russian Ice Cream Factory Discontinues Chocolate Treat After Allegations of Obama-Focused Racism
After mounting pressure and accusations of racism, a Russian ice cream factory has finally decided to cease production of a chocolate ice cream flavor inspired by President Barack Obama.
The treat — which is called an Obamka Bar, which stands for “Little Obama” in Russian — was introduced to widespread speculation that it was a racist depiction of the US President. The package for the ice cream bar features a black child with a hoop earring. According to The Guardian, the design team behind the Slavitsa ice cream factory’s design claims, “…the packaging said they were inspired by the fictional African island of Changa-Chunga, which appeared in a popular Soviet children’s animation.”
— Jack Morgan (@PollsMedia) May 12, 2016
Throughout the last several years of the chilly relationship between Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin, many Russian agencies and companies have been charged with racist depictions of the US Commander in Chief. Six months ago, another company in Tatarstan, a supermarket, found itself in hot water after selling cutting boards that featured monkeys with Obama’s face superimposed on top of them.
In 2013, Russian politician and former figure skating great Irina Rodnina fell under scrutiny from other world leaders after she Tweeted a photoshopped image of the Obamas staring longingly at a banana. In response to the controversy, Rodnina simply said, “Freedom of speech is freedom of speech, and you should answer for your own hang-ups.”
[h/t The Guardian]
J.D. Durkin (@jiveDurkey) is an editorial producer and columnist at Mediaite.
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