Belgian newspaper apologises for depicting Obamas as apes

By Drum Digital
27 March 2014

A Belgian newspaper has apologised following outcry over an image showing US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama with their faces photoshopped to look like apes.

A Belgian newspaper has apologised following outcry over an image showing US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama with their faces photoshopped to look like apes.

The image was printed alongside another that implies President Obama sells marijuana.

The images appeared in Flemish newspaper De Morgen's Saturday edition, in a satire section called "The Obama Herald".

The paper joked that Russian President Vladimir Putin sent in the photos.

The apology from De Morgen's editors came in an article entitled, "Is De Morgen Racist?". They called the image a "tasteless joke", explaining, "We wrongly assumed that racism is no longer accepted, and that in this way it could be the subject of a joke".

On Tuesday Obama visited Belgium.

Source: aljazeera.com

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