Sunday, April 26, 2009
The depths of tastelessness
Being an unusually ill-informed fellow, even for a retired journo, I have only just now learned that the Chia Pet people have been marketing a "Chia Obama" bust for the last couple of months.
This has to be the tackiest case of commercial exploitation of the president yet conceived. There's nothing illegal about it, of course, but it does have racial overtones with its hardly veiled emphasis on kinky African-American hair. (Would the Chia hucksters have brought out a George Bush or Bill Clinton bust?)
You can be sure that anyone who buys this thing for his home has to be either a diehard wingnut or the kind of yahoo who would hang chintz in the windows of a Frank Lloyd Wright house.
In feeble protest I'm not providing a link to the Chia site.