Is this racist or offensive?
Posted 28 December 2012 - 07:21 PM
A Casey County man says the life-sized mannequin in his front yard of President Obama holding a slice of watermelon was meant as a joke and not a racist display.
"The way I look at it, it's freedom of speech," said Danny Hafley. "I don't know how other people will take it."
Hafley bought the Obama mask on sale after Halloween and put up the display around the time of November's presidential election.
The mannequin, dressed in a grey suit, clip-on tie and blue-collared shirt, was originally standing in Hafley's yard but the homeowner decided it would look better near the road.
"That's my buddy," Hafley said. "He don't talk. Don't make no smart comments. If I had a dollar for everyone who stopped and took a picture of it I'd be a millionaire."
When asked the reason behind the watermelon, Hafley responded that he thought the figure "might get hungry standing out here."
While several neighbors didn't find anything wrong with the life-sized doll and said Hafley had the right to display it, one anonymous neighbor felt others would find it racist.
"If he wants to place it someplace else that would be fine," said the neighbor. "We don't have black people in this community but I'm sure they travel this road like everybody else does. They could be offended. I don't agree with it."
The neighbor added that the figure originally had a sign asking people to pray that Obama won't destroy America.
This isn't the first time Hafley has made such a display. He pulled off the mask and unbuttoned the suit coat to show a white mannequin with a drawn-on moustache wearing a blue-collared shirt with "Stupidville Police Department' written on the right side. Hafley said he designed it after Hustonville Police Chief Fred McCoy.
"Freddy is what I named him," Hafley said.
Hafley says he doesn't plan on taking down the display until the springtime or whenever it gets him in trouble.
"He's pretty popular," Hafley said. "If he's as popular in Washington as he is here then he's a popular man."
Posted 28 December 2012 - 07:38 PM
a part of my brain thinks it might be racist, and another part thinks that it isn't necessarily so. It's like a Rorschach test and you can assign whatever meaning to it that you want.
I love watermelon. A woman once told me it has healing properties. She may have been right, or else crazy.
Posted 28 December 2012 - 08:23 PM
his original format with the sign not racist and emulating the sherriff not racist...so maybe just in poor taste?
is the neighborhood/town he lives in a farming town where watermelon is abundant (not making excuses for the man but trying to give him a benefit of the doubt).
if it were my dummy I'd have put a white mannequin chick on her knees in front of him...not a watermelon...IMO it is both racist and offensive
Posted 29 December 2012 - 04:29 PM
I don't get the watermelon being racist connection tho... I mean, i have sen it before, but I never got what it was about.
I don't expect anyone here to explain it, just sayin'...
Posted 29 December 2012 - 07:11 PM
Posted 30 December 2012 - 10:55 PM