Offensive food item of the day: Obama-Fingers fried chicken

Posted on Wed Mar 18 2009

Obama fingers

That Barack Obama enjoys vast popularity worldwide is not in dispute. So, what better way to cash in on—er, pay homage to—American's first black president than by ... naming and marketing a fried-chicken product after him? That's what Sprehe, a German frozen-food company, apparently figured, considering its new fried-chicken item known as "Obama-Fingers."
  Judith Witting, a Sprehe sales manager, says it never occured to her that this might be offensive. "It was supposed to be a homage to the American lifestyle and the new U.S. president," she tells German media outlet Spiegel Online. But some African Americans are crying foul. The New York Daily News reports that a local councilman is calling for a boycott of the product, which is no closer to Brooklyn than Berlin is. "This sends a shiver down the spines of Germans and Americans, given our interesting histories of race and racism," adds a professor at the University of South Carolina.
  Still, Witting claims that any offense was, well, unwitting. And to prove it, she's willing to unflatteringly compare her fellow countryfolk to ours: "We noticed that American products and the American way of eating are trendy at the moment. Americans are more relaxed. Not like us stiff Germans, like [chancellor Angela] Merkel." Keep digging that grave, Judith.

—Posted by Laura Shanahan

The Snuggie pub crawl: the blanket with sleeves also has legs!

Posted on Wed Feb 25 2009

Today-snuggie

Just when you thought it was safe to read a Snuggie-free BrandFreak, the wearable blanket rears its fleecy forearm once more.
  The New York Daily News reports that the idea of the Snuggie pub crawl—a tour of one's local drinking establishments while dressed in the vile monk-like garment—has been hatched in Chicago, and may soon spread to New York and elsewhere. "It provides an opportunity to act silly, have some drinks and forget everything that's going on right now," says 32-year-old Michael Gallagher, who's helping to organize the first such crawl, set for April 18 in Chicago, as a fundraiser for a Tanzanian orphanage. (What?) "I have been an at-home Snuggie user, but I'm excited to become an in-public Snuggie user," Gallagher says.
  Interest has also been building for Snuggie pub crawl in NYC. If that happens, expect to see Al Roker and his Today show buddies decked out in their blueberry- and blood-flavored Snuggies.

—Posted by Laura Shanahan


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