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Angry Amy on Racism

You know what makes me angry?!! All of these new-fangled ways to be racist! You think you've figured out how to be PC and then, bam! you're really a racist. Let's take, for example, one of the most benign categories of American culture -- knick knacks, kitsch, and useless household items. Never in a million years would I think that eye-pokingly annoying product, Chia Pets, would ever cause a controversy. They've been making Chia-everything from animals to cat nip to cartoon characters for over two decades now. They even came out with a Chia Obama:

And herein lies the problem. Apparently, the Chia Obama is a little bit racist - not only are some people figuring it's offensive, but they also have the ear of popular Chia-retailer, Walgreens. Walgreens decided to pull the product from its shelves, leaving everyone wondering what went wrong. Well, here to help you with all of your racism needs is Angry Amy!

Here are the Top 3 Reasons Why the Obama Chia Might be Racist:

1) The "Afro"

I had no idea until watching this CNN report that white people should always say the word, "Afro," in a hushed voice to as to signal to others that they are aware the word is racist - maybe? - but they have no other word to describe what they are talking about. Now it makes a bit more sense why Barack Obama's "Chiafro" is quite offensive.

2) One word: Baracksploitation

What exactly is "Baracksploitation?" Let's let The Today Show explain:

I can only assume the term "Baracksploitation" is a take on "blaxploitation," a film and TV genre that exploited black popular culture and stereotyped people. I can definitely see, then, how a Barack Obama Chia pet is the very definition of exploitation, as it is a well known fact that the Chia Pet is an integral part of black culture. Yep, if there's anything symbolic of black pop culture, it's definitely Chia Pets. Plus, there are all of those negative stereotypes about black people looking like our photosynthetic relatives that I am shocked they would even think to turn our president into a plant himself. This is definitely racist.

3) Is Happy Obama Chia High?

You can get your Obama Chia in two different models. There is the stern, determined "Yes, We Can" Chia that appears in most of the ads, but then there is also the lighter, more mellow side to Chia Obama:

But since Obama already admitted to inhaling, this shouldn't come as a shock to anyone.

So, what do you think, blogureaders? Is Chia Obama racist?

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  1. Blogger Unspar! | 8:18 AM |  

    You know what I just realized? For all these "Angry Amy" posts, I've never actually seen Amy get angry in person. It makes me wonder if she's really angry at all.

    As for racism, not being racist is the new racism.

  2. Blogger chris | 11:50 AM |  

    Facebook comment from my xemox buddy Chad:

    "I think its more racist that they pulled it off the shelves."

  3. Blogger Lady Amy | 11:54 AM |  

    What's a "xemox?" That sounds like it could be racist...maybe?

  4. Blogger Evan | 4:20 PM |  

    I have Ego Trip's fascinating "Big Book of Racism!" if you ever want to read it. Am I racist for saying that?

  5. Blogger Lady Amy | 11:13 PM |  


  6. Blogger Papa Thor | 8:42 AM |  

    People like me and Lady Amy are so cute that even when we're angry, people can't tell. That's why we have those emoticons, e.g. >:{/

    And as for racism, Obama was raised about as black as I was: Hawaii, the Philipines, Occidental college, Harvard. I'm pretty sure I read "Soul on Ice" before he did. Clinton was blacker than Obama, there, I said it.

  7. Blogger paal | 9:59 PM |  

    So not racist. The fact that people think it IS racist gives me honest fear for our republic. What happened to humor? (Not the cutting edge 2000's band)

  8. Blogger Papa Thor | 10:29 AM |  

    Humor died when Richard Pryor went to Africa and decided to not use the "n" word anymore. (I still can't bring myself to use the "n" word, even when quoting someone else, although I still call African-Americans "black folk")

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