Is This Is Not An Oversight, Or Is It Just Rude?
A Belgian newspaper came under fire after posting racially insensitive images of President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama in a failed attempt at satirical humor over the weekend. The newspaper has since apologized, stating they made an error in judgment. The uproar happened over social media when the photo surfaced. In the photo, The Obamas are depicted to look like chimpanzees with a caption fashioned to appear as if Russian President Vladimir Putin sent it in to the paper to publish. Who knows at this point if Putin did or did not.
In the English version of Belgian’s Flanders News, the apology from De Morgen was translated and shared.:
“[W]hen you consider the fragment apart from its context, which is a properly worked out satirical section, then you don’t see the joke but just a picture evoking sheer racism. That was a risk we didn’t consider enough beforehand”, the statement goes. “We wrongly assumed that racism is no longer accepted, and that in this way it could be the subject of a joke.”
The editors say that they overlooked the fact that in the United States, the comparison between blacks and monkeys is still something that pops up regularly today. It’s not a secret that De Morgen’s daily publication displays an anti-racist, left-wing view.