I watched CNN for half an hour because of teasers for this story:
My first reaction was just like the Muricans in the story: There you go again, as Ronald Reagan would say. Sometimes Japan just doesn't get it.
But wait a minute. It's the company's mascot and monkeys are cultural icons. The guy saying 'Ahhhh, Obama-san' doesn't look like he's even made the connection. Maybe it says more about us than them.
It reminds me of the Darkie toothpaste I used to find on shelves when I first came to Saipan. No big thing to the Chinese, but I was mailing tubes off to the States. That is, until I realized I was buying into the hand, kind of like CNN.
Colgate-Palmolive sure didn't make that mistake: as you can see the brand is Darlie now that they've picked up the company. No bad taste toothpaste in that corporate empire.
That's furriners. What's the t-shirt guy's excuse? He claims no racist intent, that he just thought Obama looked like Curious George. Uh-huh, and what caused that connection to leap into your mind?
I'll admit I can even see it now that it's brought up. But criminy, anyone who's lived in these United States knows the baggage you claim by portraying blacks as monkeys. Maybe that's his problem: these United States. Part of our baggage.
Here's a clip on the t-shirt, in case you missed it: