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Someone’s idea of a funny joke?

Submitted by on March 1, 2009 – 10:39 pm16 Comments


This photo was taken in a Florida Barnes and Nobles store.

Barnes and Noble insists it was a customer who rearranged the Obama display to include the “Monkeys” book, and issued a public apology for not spotting it earlier:

“Barnes & Noble would like to publicly apologize for what happened in our Coral Gables, Florida store. We believe that a customer played a cruel joke and placed an inappropriate title in the front window of our store, where we were featuring books written by or about President Obama. We want to assure our customers that the book placed by someone other than our booksellers was never intended to be included in our display and was removed as soon as we became aware of the situation. We are looking into it and are taking the steps necessary so that it does not happen again. From time to time customers will move titles from one area of the store to another. In this particular case, we do not condone whatever message may have been intended with the placement of this title in our Presidential display. It certainly was not part of our merchandising and we regret that we didn’t see the placement of this title immediately”.

Your thoughts?

Image: Sandra Rose

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  • Eric says:

    No matter what? You are going to find racism everywhere.

  • BIGGY says:

    I don’t think a customer did that I think it was one of the employees

  • good dude says:

    It really isn’t that serious. It’s just someone joking around. I remember Bush was the punchline to everyone’s joke for the past 8 years, but Obama seems to be untouchable. A lot of blacks are hypocrites because we clown and joke about racial things also but we can’t take a joke. And now to avoid bad P.R. in a poor econmy, Barnes & Noble issued an apology to avoid upseting the black community. We have 2 wars, poor education, high unemployment rates, and every man, woman, and child owes China $6,000. We shouldn’t give a F^CK about a book in the wrong place when we have real problems. And yes I’m 23 and black.

  • RealDeal says:

    Good dude seems like a very smart person. I don’t like Bush and I don’t like Obama. Being that there was just that cartoon deal going on I find this picture funny. lol……..

  • 1. It was an employee not a customer. I’m pretty sure an employee will stop a customer from fuckin with a window display. If it wasn’t an employee and it was a customer why are they saying they’ll look into it? Also video footage should be pretty easy to get of either where that book was located at and/or the display area. People put stuff in wrong areas but the display case?

    2. Sometimes stuff should be tolerated and sometimes it should be handled. I check friends that go too far with racial jokes. It’s to the point where they don’t even do it anymore. There’s a difference when we do it and when others do it in all communities and/or cultures etc. The intent is drastically different.

    3. That ish would be funny if it was on flavor flav, micheal jackson or something, but on our president?… How’s the rest of the world going to look at our president and us when there’s evidence his own people don’t respect him. We saw what happened with bush.

  • FeLoWaY says:

    Yeah Right Blame It On The Customer. Blame It On The CU Cu Cu CU Cu Customer!

  • Bones says:

    Rick is right.. Remember how people said when you start believing in yourself everybody start doing the same…Well this is where it starts.. If we think the whole Obama thing is a joke, the rest of the world are looking at us as one big joke!! We really need to get our acts right…

  • lil ma says:

    this is dumb, WHO CARES? aint no big deal yall act like someone gonna die or something

  • Dominique says:

    wow, that looks racist and I am very offended.

  • SaRa E♥ says:

    it was probably some white guy…i swear…or some indian nut. why would ppl evn think of doing this kind of sh** when they’re bein ruled by Obama (or apparently “the monkey”) buh ye….fu** all that bull……..obama is sick and a gud prezzi,,, so whoevah did that is full of ****.
    Peace xox,
    SaRa Babyy

  • brianna says:

    man yu needa stop bein so racist. yeah obama is a very good president but any where yu go yur gonna find racism. no matter if yu go ta hollywood,,beveryly hills,,west,,east,,north,,south,,the “hood” it dont matter there is sum kind of racism. yu jus have to learn ta get past that. obama has. he new he was gonna have ta deal wit sum kinda racism wen he ran fa president.

    nd the book is sum bullsh!t.
    that shudd have never been put there.
    but it aint nothin ta trip lik that over.
    mainly @ SaRa E.

    but like i said Obama is a great president and i thank he is gonna change this country into sumthing great!!

  • victoria says:

    i think im a horrible person cuz i actually giggled at it a little bit. for real just as long as our persident is in good help and niggas like john e wilks aint around, or the guy who shot dr king aint round. we good.

  • Mz.Style_icon says:

    SAD..But I still wanna say diz to ALL the Obama haters…MY PRESIDENT IS BLACK!!!!

  • KT says:

    Hmmm it’s not really that serious, But really this is are president and this shouldn’t be tolerated. It’s crazy everytime i look up it’s another pun intended for are president. This has to stop.

  • veronica says:

    oh what president didn’t have people talkin ish and doin ignorant stuff like this? this makes me think of what katt williams said about the noose on pimpin pimpin (for those of yall that saw) and this is nowhere near as serious. if they’re not gonna do nuthin with it, it doesn’t mean ish so let it roll of your shoulders. just be happy, haters hate to see you happy. i don’t even know how this made news. its no kind of threat to anything.

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