Okay, I am sure this will ruffle a lot of feathers. I actually heard it on the news yesterday, but now I saw one of the t-shirts and basically, it is insulting, to say the least. According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Mike Norman, owner of Mulligan’s Bar in Marietta, Ga., said that he isn’t trying to be racist by selling political T-shirts featuring a picture of Curious George holding a banana above the slogan “Obama in ’08.”

Critics argue the shirts are offensive and strongly encourage stereotypes based on racism.It is time to put an end to these stereotypes on both sides. A monkey? Couldn’t the man find another cartoon? He must have known that it would spark outrage or was this being done to advertise his bar? The Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials was one group planning to join the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and the Nation of Islam in a Tuesday rally in front of the bar. We should also show the same type of intolerance to other stereotypes being perpetuated against us and also in the black community.

Norman said people who are upset by the shirts are “hunting for a reason to be mad” and and he intends to give profits from selling them to the Muscular Dystrophy Association. I don’t think that people are being narrow minded to be angry about this. It is insulting because blacks were called so many names, including monkey. This imagery has Jim Crow roots, which Mulligan has acknowledged. He said that he sees nothing wrong with depicting a prominent African American as a monkey. We’re not living in the (19)40’s,” Mulligan said. “Look at him . . . the hairline, the ears — he looks just like Curious George.”Is this man serious or just dumb? Why offend people in the name of marketing? Some may say that people are being thin-skinned, but in reality, the opposite is true. It ain’t funny. If the truth be told, this man could not dare walk in the shoes of Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton, for that matter. The bar is located at 698 Roswell St SE, Marietta, GA 30060-2149. The telephone: (770) 499-1137. If you can’t stand Barack Obama, that is fine, but it is repugnant to portray him as a monkey. If someone made fun of the Jews like this, it would be all over the media. Just my thoughts, you be the judge……

UPDATE:

According to the Boston Herald, Curious George may soon find himself in the middle of a courtroom fight. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, the publisher of the children’s books featuring the cartoon monkey character said yesterday that it’s considering legal action against a Georgia tavern owner who’s selling T-shirts comparing Curious George to Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama. Houghton said the firm views the T-shirts as “offensive and utterly out of keeping with the values Curious George represents.” The statement added: “We are monitoring the situation and weighing our options with respect to possible legal action.”

Boston’s WGBH-TV, which co-produces a “Curious George” children’s television show, also has denounced the use of Curious George in the controversial T-shirt. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution said Norman is described as a well-known “ultra-conservative” with controversial political signs outside his tavern.