North Korea: Obama looks like a chimp. R. Figueroa: Michelle looks like an ape? Is this racist?
Is this the resurgence of the old racist idea, that Black People, are more like apes and monkeys than they are human?
Is this just a total disrespect for the president and first lady because they're black?
I think it is kind of racist. Even if you were going to argue otherwise, you can't argue that those words were not meant to hurt someone's feelings, insult Obama and his wife, and offend others.
Yes. This is very racist. Disagreeing with someone's politics does not mean that people should resort to racism.
I can't really make an opinion here because I have no context to put it in perspective.
Just from the information given, it could be a play on the movie Planet of the Apes, where the Apes were in control and the Chimps were the smart ones. Then if would be a comparison of Obama is being in Control, as president, but Michelle as being smarter than Obama.
I find that using the Race Card is more like using a Joker as a wild card, it doesn't fit under normal rules.
Those comments were made by two separate entities on separate occasions. The North Korean government made that comment about the president on more than one occasion.The comment about Michelle Obama by Figueroa was made on a separate occasion.
I still don't have a context for either statement.
When I first heard about this, I was confused about Figueroa's comment. What did he mean, "Michelle looks like an ape?" When I see her, I see a stunningly beautiful woman so I didn't get it or the context within which he made such a derogatory comment. So yes, it leaves me to believe his comments came from a racist place, whether he meant it with ill-intent or stated his true feelings about perceptions of racial features subconsciously. Troubling either way.
In my opinion, saying that Barack and Michelle Obama resemble a chimp and/or an ape is an insult to the ape species.
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