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Conservative blogger posts Obama photo in chains with fried chicken

Posted March 22, 2012

A blogger for conservative NC think tank The John Locke Foundation is being asked to explain why she illustrated a story on President Obama's position on North Carolina's proposed marriage amendment with an altered image of Obama in chains and high heels with a bucket of fried chicken.

On Monday, "Meck Deck" blogger Tara Servatius posted a story stating that the president took a public position against the amendment to boost his chances of winning North Carolina in November. Accompanying the story was an image of the president’s face Photoshopped onto an African-American man wearing high heels and chains. Between the man's legs is a bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken.

Update: Servatius has since resigned.

The story didn’t come to our attention till Wednesday evening, when liberal-leaning bloggers began tweeting links to it. Within an hour, the photo was removed from the story, though at the time of this post, it was still available on the think tank’s servers.

After initially posted a photo of the image along with this blogpost, WRAL News decided to remove the image because many people found it offensive.

The photo elicited a statement from state NAACP President Rev. William Barber:

"We at the NC NAACP have learned of the disgusting picture of our President on the John Locke Foundation blog and website. What we have seen so far has both racist and homophobic overtones, both of which are contrary to the fundamentals of our democracy. It's outrageous and it shows the kind of racialized, mean-spirited and divisive political attitudes that still exist in the South.

"On Thursday we will demand to know who authorized and developed such a racist and bigoted portrayal to be placed on the site of an organization that seeks to have so much influence into the shaping of public policy in NC. Whoever did it is completely over the line. It is reckless and dangerous. And should not only be an affront to the black community, the civil rights community, the LBGT community, but every North Carolinian."

John Locke Foundation President John Hood expressed regret on Facebook Wednesday night, saying he had had the photo removed from the site because it was "extremely inappropriate" and irrelevant to the content of the story. He also said he would find out how the photo got posted in the first place, and would take “appropriate action.”

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  • DredScott Mar 23, 6:41 a.m.

    She exercised her free speech and the John Locke Foundation exercised their free speech by letting her know that they didn't want that type of material on their web site.

  • livinggood2 Mar 22, 9:48 p.m.

    Obama out 2012

  • archangel44369 Mar 22, 8:03 p.m.

    I'm offended that others are offended at the picture. Where's my free money?

    The liberals said all kinds of bad words about Sarah Palin and her family...But that's ok because she was a public figure, they say.
    So is Obama...I saw another funny one with him in it, it was OFC. I about died laughing.

  • livinggood2 Mar 22, 6:13 p.m.

    I am tired of Free Speech....Thank You President Obama and Wral and NAACP.

  • livinggood2 Mar 22, 6:11 p.m.

    Where was Wral when They Dressed President Bush as a Nazi?

  • elcid liked Ike Mar 22, 6:11 p.m.

    "She morphed into a conservative blogger because Art Pope can pay her the big bucks !!"

    LOL, not any longer ...

  • give me no quarter Mar 22, 6:03 p.m.

    Hope Mayer and his ilk get the memo.

  • Rebelyell55 Mar 22, 6:01 p.m.

    "And should not only be an affront to the black community, the civil rights community, the LBGT community, but every North Carolinian."
    .....But it ain't and never will be, go sell you hate filled speech to someone else.

  • Tawny Mar 22, 5:47 p.m.

    She morphed into a conservative blogger because Art Pope can pay her the big bucks !!

  • elcid liked Ike Mar 22, 5:13 p.m.

    Isn't this the same lady who used to be a super granola columnist for Creative Loafing? How in the world did she morph into a conservative blogger for Art Pope?

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