[ View the story "Newspaper apologises for showing Obamas as apes" on Storify] Newspaper apologises for showing Obamas as apes Belgian newspaper De Morgen sparks uproar over doctored photo.
The Stream· Mon, Mar 24 2014 10:01:52
The international outcry began on Saturday after Nigerian writer Chika Unigwe, who lives in Belgium, tweeted the images:
Many Twitter users called the doctored photo racist.
Belgian newspaper @demorgen demonstrates pathetic level of journalism. Truly disgusting!#Obama #newspaper #racism #demorgenChantal Soeters
@Fauzaya: "Racist Obama pic is not acceptable".
@demorgen #racist pic Obama kan niet door de beugelFauzaya Talhaoui
After seeing pictures n De Morgen Belgium, f president Obama nd Mrs, pity at the pathetic standard of journalism, completely racist.shaheen salahuddin
@communitative: "What a shameful, racist expression from @demorgen. That calls itself a quality newspaper. The newspaper apologises for Obama joke".
Wat 'n schandelijke, racistische uiting van @demorgen. Dat noemt zich kwaliteitskrant. Excuses krant voor Obama-grap
@harrieteketet: "Say @yvesd [editor of De Morgen], what is that tasteless, racist rubbish under the guise of humour?"
Zeg @yvesd, wat is dat voor smakeloze racistische drek over obama onder t mom van humor? @demorgenHarriet Duurvoort
@DennisBoutkan: "Incredible show of racism under the guise of 'satire' depicting the #Obamas as apes in Flemish newspaper @demorgon".
Ongelooflijk staaltje racisme onder mom van 'satire' door #Obama's af te beelden als apen in Vlaamse krant @DeMorgen
Others wondered how the images made it through the editing process.
@ilibeinreal: "Wow.. De Morgen.. What kind of people work for you? None of the editors thought maybe this was not OK?"
Wauw.. De morgen.. Wa voor mensen werken er bij jullie?? Niemand van heel de redactie dacht dat da misschien niet OK was?? #obama @demorgenLe_ilir
"Hey, I made this great image of the Obamas looking like chimps. Can we publish it?" "Sure, but make the caption say that Vladimir Putin made it. That way it looks like some sort of meta-humor instead of stale racist drivel."reddit.com
@NieuwsOudNieuws: "It would only be fair if @demorgen was barred from all events this week with #Obama and if @yvesd resigned".
Het zou niet meer dan fair zijn dat @demorgen geweerd wordt van elk evenement met #Obama deze week en dat @yvesd ontslag neemt. #epicfailOud nieuws
However, some Twitter and Reddit users thought the racism charge was overblown, pointing out that the image was supposed to be satirical.
#Racism might also lie in the out-of-context use of what was meant to be humor (even when the joke wasn’t funny). @demorgen @chikaunigweBjorn Claes ⭐
@chikaunigwe I ‘m probably not smart enough to see it, but how exactly is it racist? @demorgenBjorn Claes ⭐
It's in the satire section. I feel this should be mentioned.WordsAndSich
Sure, but this just seems like a bad joke. People get themselves worked up because they like to ridicule about racism, it makes them feel better. Paulus81
Others thought the satire defence was weak, saying that even if the image was meant to be humorous, it was not funny.
Even if this is satire, it doesn`t give me a whole lot of confidence about moving to Europe in the coming months as I happen to be a black person. partmarsbar
If it's satire and supposed to make me laugh, why am I not?bearcat88
lol such biting and witty satire, to compare black people to apes.robwinnfield