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    MARIETTA, Ga. -- The publisher of the popular children book's series "Curious George" is considering legal action against a Georgia bar owner for selling T-shirts that link Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama to the inquisitive monkey.

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is upset with Mike Norman, owner of a Marietta, Ga., bar, for selling the shirts which show Curious George peeling a banana with "Obama in '08" printed beneath the image.

    "Houghton Mifflin Harcourt did not nor would we ever authorize or approve this use of the Curious George character, which we find offensive and utterly out of keeping with the values Curious George represents," said Richard Blake, the company's spokesman. "We are monitoring the situation and weighing all of our options."

    Norman, who began selling the shirts in late April, has said they are not meant to be racist. He said he thinks the Illinois senator and the character "look so much alike."

    Bill Nigut, southeast regional director for the Anti-Defamation League, said Norman is being disingenuous.

    "He can pretend he doesn't understand what the message of that T-shirt is, but he knows full well that's an offensive and demeaning stereotype used to insult African-Americans," Nigut said. He called on citizens not to buy the T-shirts, but stopped short of calling for a boycott of Norman's business or denying him to speak out.

    "His speech is protected, but that doesn't mean that it's appropriate and that doesn't mean it's not hateful," Nigut said.

    On Tuesday, about a dozen people gathered outside the bar to object to the T-shirt. The protesters said the shirts are racist and they wanted Norman, to stop selling them.

    Nigut said he was not surprised to hear that some in the community might have bought the shirt.

    "To say that there are a few people in the community who are eager to have that ... I wouldn't deny that," Nigut said, adding that some could've purchased a shirt as a souvenir of the controversy. "But does it reflect what the vast majority of Cobb County residents believe in? I don't think that for a second."



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    Oh brother. It couldn't be because Obama has big ears now, could it?

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    maybe if it looked like him at all...
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    I didn't see a whole lot of people protesting when folks did the same thing with Curious George and GWB.

    And yeah, I think Obama does look like CG, but more like Pete Samprass, who I've always thought had monkey ears.

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    Yea, theres nothing offensive about this at all!
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    Curious George is cute, no they don't look alike. Kind of a dodgy thing to do

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    That Curious George is a bastard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tkdgirl View Post
    I didn't see a whole lot of people protesting when folks did the same thing with Curious George and GWB.

    And yeah, I think Obama does look like CG, but more like Pete Samprass, who I've always thought had monkey ears.
    but Dumbya actually DOES look like a chimp.
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    they are not meant to be racist.
    If that's true, Mike Norman's retarded.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grimmlok View Post
    but Dumbya actually DOES look like a chimp.
    Again, subjective. But if its ok for Bush, then it is ok for Obama.

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    Quote Originally Posted by twitchy View Post
    If that's true, Mike Norman's retarded.

    I think perhaps you should take my name out of that quote....With just the one sentence you've quoted it looks like I said it, instead of it being from the article I posted
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    If that's not racist I'll eat my cat. Or is it hat? I'll eat something!

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    Are you guys joking? This is Super offensive. I actually heard the interview with the guy who made up the shirts and you can hear that he is a straight redneck. He actually said "I don't know why THOSE people are so upset"....It's blatantly racist in this situation. Blacks in this country have historically been called "monkeys" as a racial slur.
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    Quote Originally Posted by witchcurlgirl View Post
    I think perhaps you should take my name out of that quote....With just the one sentence you've quoted it looks like I said it, instead of it being from the article I posted
    Sorry! That certainly wasn't the intention.

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