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Black Man
05-19-2008, 06:21 PM
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Curious George publisher may sue over T-shirt

Cobb bar selling shirts combining book character's picture, Obama's name

By JAMIE GUMBRECHT, CHRISTIAN BOONE
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Published on: 05/13/08

The publishing company that owns the Curious George image says it is considering legal action to stop the sale of a T-shirt depicting Barack Obama as the monkey from children's books.

The T-shirts are being peddled by Marietta bar owner Mike Norman at his Mulligan's Bar and Grill in Cobb County. They show a picture of Curious Georgie peeling a banana, with the words "Obama '08" underneath.



Pam Lindley of Marietta holds up the T-shirt in question as about a dozen people protested outside Mulligan's bar in Marietta Tuesday. They object to the establishment selling a Curious George t-shirt that says 'Obama in '08.' The bar has caused controversy in the past with its billboard messages.

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You stupid.




Rick Blake, a spokesman for publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, which owns Curious George, said Wednesday that the company didn't authorize the use of the character's image, but hasn't been in touch with anybody selling or manufacturing the shirts.

"We find it offensive and obviously utterly out of keeping with the value Curious George represents," Blake said. "We're monitoring the situation and weighing our options with respect to legal action."

Norman has said he got the T-shirts from someone in Arkansas. He started selling them at his bar -- known for the provocative, ultra-conservative political slogans often posted on signs out front -- in April but said he has no plans to mass market them.

The sales came to light this week when a loose coalition of local groups called a protest of the T-shirts.

About a dozen protestors rallied against the shirts Tuesday afternoon, condemning them as racist and asking Norman to stop selling them.

Norman acknowledged the imagery's Jim Crow roots but said he sees nothing wrong with depicting a prominent African-American as a monkey.

"We're not living in the (19)40's," he said. "Look at him . . . the hairline, the ears -- he looks just like Curious George."

Marietta native Pam Lindley, 47, joined Tuesday's protest after reading about the controversy.

"I don't want people to think this is what Marietta is all about," she added, motioning towards the tavern. "This is what some people think the South is still like. Marietta's come a long way but I guess it's still got a little ways to go."

She said she'd like to see the city ban Norman's provocative musings regularly posted on a sign out front of the bar, which is near Marietta's downtown square. Those who gathered Tuesday say they will continue their campaign against Norman's "hate speech."

But his defenders are just as resolute. Mulligan's is a refuge, they say, in an otherwise hypersensitive world. Smoking isn't only allowed at the bar, it's expected.

"This place is a diamond in the rough," said Gene McKinley, a Woodstock engineer among the patrons Tuesday. "People here are genuine and honest. It's the one place I can go without having to worry if I'm offending someone."

Norman said he fielded calls throughout Tuesday about his T-shirts. An ajc.com story about the controversy was picked up on the Drudge Report. "One guy in New Jersey wanted me to send him 100 shirts," said Norman, 63.

He said he noted physical similarities between the Democratic frontrunner and the cartoon monkey while watching a Curious George movie with his grandchildren.

Someone -- "probably a customer, I don't know" -- from Arkansas sent him the shirts, Norman said.

The Tennessee native said he's providing a public service of sorts, reminding people they have a right to offend.

"This is my marketing tool," he said

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how come he didn't start his new marketing tool when people were sayin the same thing about George Bush? sucks...he lost 8 years of profit. some folks can afford a beat down.

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Dirty Knowledge
05-20-2008, 12:16 AM
^^ Word

Here come the main pussy now

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DUMBO
05-20-2008, 12:51 AM
you have no conception of the history of the US, racism and images of hate.

funny how you excused the obviously racist nature of the shirt (looks whose buying it and why?) in favour of making claims to the need of the picketeers to focus on the black criminal. hmmm. maybe you should quit being so sensitive about black drug dealers? but i guess that would mean having to face up to your selective denial of how nasty and racist the attacks against Obama will increasingly become.

Machete
05-20-2008, 02:07 AM
I fear for Obama if he is elected. Look what happened in the past when an african american was a revolutionary at something. And if he was to be assassinated, imagine how divided the country would be then.

Dirty Knowledge
05-20-2008, 02:39 AM
you have no conception of the history of the US, racism and images of hate.

funny how you excused the obviously racist nature of the shirt (looks whose buying it and why?) in favour of making claims to the need of the picketeers to focus on the black criminal. hmmm. maybe you should quit being so sensitive about black drug dealers? but i guess that would mean having to face up to your selective denial of how nasty and racist the attacks against Obama will increasingly become.

HAhahahaha coming from some forum geek.

Eyetalian
05-20-2008, 02:56 AM
HAhahahaha coming from some forum geek.

Presumably that makes you the forum jock?? Because if so you are awesome keep it up you can probably bench over a whole e-tonne. Also all of the millions of women on this forum think your the coolest so basically yay for you.

Dirty Knowledge
05-20-2008, 03:09 AM
Oh shit

Captain Save a Hoe

Wtf you come from?

LORD NOSE
05-20-2008, 03:22 AM
why protest ?

let racist white folks buy and wear the shirt - its a good thing to know who they are - a large percent of white america believes that black people are subhuman and that we came from monkeys - they believe that we are monkeys that they have civilized and trained - this is one reason why the black white debates come up so often - to trash this myth and to trash the reasons why white america hates us so much

Dirty Knowledge
05-20-2008, 03:26 AM
http://www.broadcaster.org.uk/images/evolution.gif

They're called scientists Sunny.

Eyetalian
05-20-2008, 03:37 AM
Oh shit

Captain Save a Hoe

Wtf you come from?

Wow I'll admit i giggled at your hilarious super hero analogy, ingenious. I propose a toast to you for being FUCKIN AWESOME. Also when you weigh into a debate please come to the table with something interesting to say eg. i hate monkeys, or white people shouldn't hate black people or some such.

For any other useful nuggets of info don't be afraid to ask

crAcKaKillaH777
05-20-2008, 04:02 AM
And if he was to be assassinated, imagine how divided the country would be then.

There would be a war in the streets - ramifications would be almost global.........

V4D3R
05-20-2008, 04:26 AM
^^Halliburton's concentration camps would come in handy then...but we the people are also we the US ARMY / NAVY / AIRFORCE / MARINES / RESERVES - even though divided on the surface - that would unite us.

ANYBODY EVER BEEN IN A RACE RIOT? I was - in the winter of 97 - in jail - we were 20 brothers and the rest was white people, natives and asians.

As soon as the white boys came out with white sheets and Nigger chants - the natives - 400 of them compared to maybe 150 of them - they came and surrounded us to get our back and flanks and the war chants started. Then the pigs decided to shoot at all of us before it got into a Gangs of New-York situation. I seen how it goes down - first time i seen a man impaled with a spear through his head - and I doubt i'll ever see that shit again in my life.

I think Barack Obama will either be the leader we been needing the last 400 plus years or our harbinger of death.

STYLE
05-20-2008, 05:45 AM
this place is 3 mins from my sons school. fuck that.
i'm gonna go out there wearing my :

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Black Man
05-20-2008, 08:16 AM
hahah i love that pic of bush

and stop being so sensitive u fucking pussies

8. Visceral, emotional responses.
12) We are Superior.

Who's being sensitive? :tease:

crAcKaKillaH777
05-20-2008, 08:16 AM
- first time i seen a man impaled with a spear through his head -

Damn!!

Black Man
05-20-2008, 08:19 AM
^^ Word

Here come the main pussy now

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8. Visceral, emotional responses.
12) We are Superior.

crAcKaKillaH777
05-20-2008, 08:26 AM
I think Barack Obama will either be the leader we been needing the last 400 plus years or our harbinger of death.

only way the latter will apply is if he starts talking smack to Medvedev - and trust me nobody wants that.......

IrOnMaN
05-20-2008, 12:14 PM
why protest ?

let racist white folks buy and wear the shirt - its a good thing to know who they are - a large percent of white america believes that black people are subhuman and that we came from monkeys - they believe that we are monkeys that they have civilized and trained - this is one reason why the black white debates come up so often - to trash this myth and to trash the reasons why white america hates us so much

Good point.

Dirty Knowledge
05-20-2008, 03:16 PM
8. Visceral, emotional responses.
12) We are Superior.

Homie don't play 'dat.

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crAcKaKillaH777
05-20-2008, 10:53 PM
Homie don't play 'dat.

http://www.mumaw.net/creativestretching/images/blog/homey.jpg

LOL