Sunday, September 14, 2008

Waffles, we love you

 Breaking news:
Activists at a conservative political forum snapped up boxes of waffle mix depicting Democrat Barack Obama as a racial stereotype1 on its front and wearing Arab-like headdress on its top flap.

Values Voter Summit organizers cut off sales of Obama Waffles boxes on Saturday, saying they had not realized the boxes displayed “offensive material.”2

Playing off the old image of Aunt Jemima, widely criticized as a demeaning stereotype,3 Obama is portrayed with popping eyes and big, thick lips as he stares at a plate of waffles and smiles broadly.4 It also displays Obama in Arab-like headdress.

The box was meant as political satire, said Mark Whitlock and Bob DeMoss, two writers from Franklin, Tenn., who created the mix. They sold it for $10 a box.

1 Caricature n. A representation, especially pictorial or literary, in which the subject's distinctive features or peculiarities are deliberately exaggerated to produce a comic or grotesque effect.

2 “In the islands of Oceania, the savages who fill the office of priests often indulge the whim of declaring some specific object to be…taboo, that is to say, sacred, and from that point on no one can touch it under pain of sacrilege and of death.” - Louis Veuillot.

3 The Aunt Jemima character was a housekeeper. A lot of women are housekeepers. My grandmother was a housekeeper. Not the most glamorous job, certainly, but honest work. It’s not “demeaning” to be ordinary. The black demand to be depicted only as exceptional (at least by non-blacks) results in the absurd ubiquity on television and in movies of black doctors, black lawyers, black brain surgeons, black rocket scientists, etc.

4 As can be seen above, his features aren’t that exaggerated.


  1. Was it supposed to refer to "waffling"? I would expect that kind of criticism to come from the left about FISA or something.

  2. That would make sense, but these guys are idiots: some reports say one of the boxes shows Obama in a Sombrero over a recipe for "Open Border Fiesta Waffles".

  3. Mexican waffles don't sound good to me at all. On the other hand as Jim Gaffigan points out, it would probably be exactly the same as every other Mexican dish.

  4. It looks like the impending collapse of the global economy has distracted everyone from this waffle business. Of course it coincides with the one post that I took the trouble to make an Obama collage for.

  5. It's an Illuminati conspiracy to distract Readers from your Commentary, CVC.

  6. I also noticed that the "Crunchy Cons" (winners of the Lamest Name for a Political Movement Prize) were quick to denounce the "Great Racist Waffle Mix Conspiracy". Apparently Obama has gone from Messiah to God - now making graven images of Him, The Great Changebringer, are a sin.

  7. Barry Obama's new fundraising strategy? :