It is yet another sad day for Americans (especially African Americans) as our president, Barack Obama, has been used to advertise fried chicken in China, according to TheRoot.com.

This is not the first time we have seen such nonsense as President Obama name was used in the title of a fried chicken restaurant in Brooklyn, NY called Obama Fried Chicken. The stereotypical correlation between African Americans and fried chicken is one that holds little merit and should be done away with. I know people of all races and cultures who enjoy fried chicken and some Blacks who steer clear of it. One of the main reasons being the negative connotation associated with being Black and eating fried chicken.

Of all the positive and culturally uplifting stances our President represents, eating fried chicken is what people in China will recognize him for the most (shaking my head). To add insult to injury, the Kentucky Fried Chicken in Hong Kong has also used the President’s voice and a man posing as the President in commercials.

The video is below for your viewing displeasure.

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  • Worked in Japan for a bit, had someone ask me if i could teach a kid in a class how to cope with being black. This kid was lighter than one of the Jersey Shore cast after a tan. Please.

    Had another instance where someone was upset that I got upset over being called an African. I kept telling them I’m Black but I’m not African. I’m from the Caribbean. It’s not the same. She was like, ‘all you monkey people are from Africa but I can believe you because you’re not as ugly and black as they are.” I was so shocked. Finally I said, How would you like it if I called you Korean or Chinese? Or said your look just a little better cause your eyes weren’t as slanted? I think she got it.

    I had some teachers who were really open minded and asked questions about race and culture because they took it for what it was: a chance to meet someone different from them. The teacher I sat next to always talked to me about politics in my country, he took the time and did a wikipedia search, would read my home newspapers online and we’d have deep discussions about my country, the us, europe, japan. But some people were just…gah

    • SAA

      omg….just jaw-dropped reading your experience. I am truly speechless but what I will say is you found a way to get through to her so maybe she’ll think twice in the future. My sister was in Thailand for a while and said literally every single day people would just stare at her, or just stop in the street and take pictures. Some little kids came up to her and asked her to touch her hair or if her skin hurt being “burnt” like that. Some people just don’t know any better or are just curious. What is the norm to us is abnormal to them.

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  • LOFL…. iCan’t! Its too sad to be offensive… I’m over it. I’m gonna just pray that they meant no harm!