Friday, March 13, 2009

Obama Fingers?

The German news magazine Spiegel has a report of a new American presidential themed product being distributed in Germany. The article is by Charles Hawley and is titled Tender, Juicy Obama Fingers Hit the Shelves.

Here is an excerpt from the article:

A German frozen food company hopes to raise sales with a new product: Obama fingers. The tender, fried chicken bits come with a tasty curry sauce. The company says it was unaware of the possible racist overtones of the product.

They didn't get the racial overtones of this product? I find that hard to believe. I recognize Germans and others nationalities might not be fluent in American culture but I would think a little research would have raised a red flag on this idea.

At least the heart of the company was in the right place. The author wrote:

"We noticed that American products and the American way of eating are trendy at the moment," Judith Witting, sales manager for Sprehe, told SPIEGEL ONLINE. "Americans are more relaxed. Not like us stiff Germans, like (Chancellor Angela) Merkel."

The idea, she claimed, was to get in on the Obama-mania which is continuing to grip Germany. The word "fingers" in the name refers to the fact that it is a finger food. "It's like hotdogs," Witting said. "No one would ever think they are actually from dogs."

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