Racism At “Fox Faith” And “Values Voter Summit”

September 15th, 2008at 07:47pm Posted by Eli

In case you missed the repulsive “Obama Waffles” being peddled at the Values Voter Summit for right-wing Christians:

Activists at a conservative political forum snapped up boxes of waffle mix depicting Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama as a racial stereotype 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.” The summit and the exhibit hall where the boxes were sold had been open since Thursday afternoon.

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 from a rented booth at the summit sponsored by the lobbying arm of the Family Research Council.

David Nammo, executive director of the lobbying group FRC Action, said summit organizers were told the boxes were a parody of Obama’s policy positions but had not examined them closely.

Republican Party stalwarts Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney were among speakers at the forum, which officials said drew 2,100 activists from 44 states.

While Obama Waffles takes aim at Obama’s politics by poking fun at his public remarks and positions on issues, it also plays off the old image of the pancake-mix icon Aunt Jemima, which has been widely criticized as a demeaning stereotype. Obama is portrayed with popping eyes and big, thick lips as he stares at a plate of waffles and smiles broadly.

Now here’s the punchline, courtesy of Julia:

Bob DeMoss founded a division for religious publisher Thomas Nelson, a religious publisher which freemarket.org describes as “the nation’s first Christian conglomerate, with interests in television, music, book and magazine publishing, home shopping and radio.” Previously, he worked for Focus on the Family. He writes books with Tim LaHaye. [Note: FRC is a division of Focus on the Family]. Whitlock also worked for Focus on the Family, as well as Thomas Nelson. These days, though, Whitlock works for Fox. Fox Faith, yet (if you get a password screen, just hit cancel). Yep, one of the minds which brought you Obama waffles is teaching our children about God for Rupert Murdoch.

Beautiful.  Why, if I didn’t know any better, I would almost think that there’s a racist undercurrent running through Fox, the religious right, and the Republican Party.  But surely that’s impossible.

Oh, and I especially like when the waffle wankers explain, without even attempting to maintain straight faces, that Obama is wearing a turban because he’s “on a safari.”

(Cartoon by Married To The Sea)

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