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Posted: 3/26/2009 11:17:02 AM EDT
Russian "Obama" ice cream ad stirs anger
Yahoo! News ^ | March 26, 2009 | Reuters

MOSCOW (Reuters) – A Russian advertising agency has used an image resembling U.S. President Barack Obama to promote a new vanilla-and-chocolate ice cream, drawing the ire of human rights groups who said the ad was vulgar.

Ice Cream Plant No. 3 in the Urals city of Yekaterinburg launched last week a new brand named "Duet."

The poster features a computer-generated caricature of a broadly smiling figure resembling Obama standing in front of the U.S. Congress with the ice cream in the foreground.

The strapline reads: "It's on everyone's lips –– the Dark is in the White!"

"We wanted to make the print amusing and cheerful, just as joyful and pleasant as the process of eating an ice cream," Yevgeny Primachenko, deputy creative director of Voskhod advertisement agency, told Reuters by phone from Yekaterinburg.

"This is just a vanilla ice cream with a chocolate filling," Primachenko said. "We decided: why not use such a great news peg as the election of the first black U.S. president to the White House, while showing no political preferences at the same time?"

Prominent Russian human rights activist Lev Ponomaryov rapped the advertisement as "a vulgar exploitation of some political symbols in pursuit of commercial interests."

He added however: "I do not think the person who created this is necessarily a racist ... But our society is xenophobic all the same."

Russia has a growing problem with violent racist attacks on dark-skinned immigrants.

The ice cream maker said on its website (www.xk3.ru) the new brand would be sold across Russia, from Moscow to Kemerovo in Siberia and Blagoveshchensk in the Far East.

Primachenko admitted his advertising agency had received negative reviews from some foreign colleagues maintaining that the ad had xenophobic or even racist overtones.

But he added: "We have so far not received any critical calls or negative comments from Russia ... I can tell you one thing –– our client is absolutely happy, that's the main thing. I myself bought this ice cream today. It tastes great!"

Link Posted: 3/26/2009 11:18:02 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/26/2009 11:18:31 AM EDT by Chairborne]
Chocolate on the outside, chocolate and vanilla mixed together in the middle?
Link Posted: 3/26/2009 11:18:05 AM EDT
Link Posted: 3/26/2009 11:19:31 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Chairborne:
Chocolate on the outside, chocolate and vanilla mixed together in the middle?


I'm just waiting for a photoshopped version of that ad to become someone's avatar.
Link Posted: 3/26/2009 11:19:35 AM EDT
oh, that's awesome! I want some.
Link Posted: 3/26/2009 11:19:46 AM EDT
Link Posted: 3/26/2009 11:21:13 AM EDT
That's awesome. Can't wait to see those on the side of the ice cream trucks.
Link Posted: 3/26/2009 11:26:54 AM EDT
"Vulgar" ?

I think it's funny.
Link Posted: 3/26/2009 11:28:54 AM EDT
Well, at least it is accurate...
Link Posted: 3/26/2009 11:30:54 AM EDT
Group buy?
Link Posted: 3/26/2009 11:32:31 AM EDT

Originally Posted By capnrob97:
Group buy?

I'm in!
Link Posted: 3/26/2009 11:32:47 AM EDT
Let me guess theres a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow cause obama is 3% Irish...

Obama has slanted eyes... Thats wascist.
Link Posted: 3/26/2009 11:33:47 AM EDT
It comes in a purple wrapper too, those racist Russians...
Link Posted: 3/26/2009 11:33:52 AM EDT
Those clever Ruskies!

Well, we wanted them to be Capitalists!

"Reset" this Hillary...

Link Posted: 3/26/2009 11:34:05 AM EDT
Obama Ice cream !

Smooth as a Stimulus bill
Tasty as Socialism
Light like Goverment
Refreshing like Hillary clinton

Look for it in a subsidized goverment store near you !

Link Posted: 3/26/2009 11:35:52 AM EDT
Originally Posted By theliberating1:

Originally Posted By capnrob97:
Group buy?

I'm in!



absolutely.
Link Posted: 3/26/2009 11:36:00 AM EDT
Now every liberal in congress can finally have Obama melt in their mouth.
Link Posted: 3/26/2009 11:36:59 AM EDT
Heard a commercial on the radio this morning for car dealership hyping their "stimulus" package. The voice in the ad...an Obama impersonator.

There's going to be a lot more of this. Those offended by it can go fuck themselves. He's just another public douche now. He's fair game.
Link Posted: 3/26/2009 11:37:22 AM EDT
Well, it is obvious that Ice Cream Plant #3 is way more modern and fresh than either Plants#1 &#2. Those Ice Cream Plants are yesterday's news.
Link Posted: 3/26/2009 11:40:09 AM EDT
why is his hand behind his back? Is his fingers crossed?
Link Posted: 3/26/2009 11:45:21 AM EDT
I don't see what all the fuss is about.
Link Posted: 3/26/2009 11:47:38 AM EDT
Originally Posted By poink:
Now every liberal in congress can finally have Obama melt in their mouth.


I don't know guys, but it seems that everything that has, somehow has a hint of Obama in it, will make me lose appetite. Even the words hope and/or change, somehow it lost all its meaning.
Link Posted: 3/26/2009 11:51:48 AM EDT
Expect a response from Rev's


and

Link Posted: 3/26/2009 11:54:00 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Chairborne:
Chocolate on the outside, chocolate and vanilla mixed together in the middle?





Link Posted: 3/26/2009 11:57:31 AM EDT
If they think this is offensive, someone needs to tell them about the Obama brand fried chicken fingers...no, silly mods, that isnt a racist joke, I saw it on Fox News.
Link Posted: 3/26/2009 11:57:42 AM EDT
hahahhaaha thats funny not vulgar at ALL its HILARIOUS!!!!!! I WANT SOME ICE CREAM NOW!

that's the only "obama" product I think I would buy LOL
Link Posted: 3/26/2009 12:03:33 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/26/2009 12:04:00 PM EDT by Hebrew_Battle_Rifle]
Kenyan is a flavor? Who knew? Like Neopolitan maybe?
Link Posted: 3/26/2009 12:04:54 PM EDT
Link Posted: 3/26/2009 12:19:44 PM EDT
if the brown outside is chocolate, it must be red on the inside, but what exactly does socialist flavor taste like?
Link Posted: 3/26/2009 12:22:37 PM EDT


rev pitcher and catcher? he real question is, which ones which
Link Posted: 3/26/2009 12:24:28 PM EDT
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!
Link Posted: 3/26/2009 12:26:29 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Fields_Overseer:
if the brown outside is chocolate, it must be red on the inside, but what exactly does socialist flavor taste like?


The blood of the kulaks, which they will soon spill.
Link Posted: 3/26/2009 12:31:36 PM EDT
I am missing the problem...
Link Posted: 3/26/2009 12:38:17 PM EDT
Oreo should capitalize on his popularity and rename these "obama" version:

Link Posted: 3/26/2009 12:39:22 PM EDT
hahahahahahahahhahha
Link Posted: 3/26/2009 12:42:17 PM EDT
Still leaves a bitter taste in your mouth.
Link Posted: 3/26/2009 12:43:43 PM EDT
I LOL'd
Link Posted: 3/26/2009 12:44:05 PM EDT
tag. I'll photoshop it tonight.
Link Posted: 3/26/2009 12:44:15 PM EDT
I think there was something lost in the translation, not intended to be racist, like Jackie calling NObama "Schwarzer", meaning a male black person, not the derogatory word "Neger". However, the Germans have a sweet treat called "Negerküsschen", little chunks of chocolate over vanilla ice cream.
Link Posted: 3/26/2009 12:58:29 PM EDT
Link Posted: 3/26/2009 1:09:35 PM EDT
Originally Posted By conservativeblkfem:
I am missing the problem...


It's obviously racist?
Link Posted: 3/26/2009 1:11:12 PM EDT

Originally Posted By poink:
Originally Posted By conservativeblkfem:
I am missing the problem...


It's obviously racist?
Do you know who you replied to?

Link Posted: 3/26/2009 1:12:00 PM EDT
Link Posted: 3/26/2009 1:13:50 PM EDT
Originally Posted By capnrob97:

Originally Posted By poink:
Originally Posted By conservativeblkfem:
I am missing the problem...


It's obviously racist?
Do you know who you replied to?



I was being facetious.
Link Posted: 3/26/2009 1:21:00 PM EDT
wha? is it surrounded by clusters of fruits and nuts
Link Posted: 3/26/2009 1:25:10 PM EDT
Link Posted: 3/26/2009 1:26:19 PM EDT
Uh that resembles Obama...............









and every other Black man in the world.




RACISTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Link Posted: 3/26/2009 1:28:09 PM EDT
They sell ice cream in Siberia?
Link Posted: 3/26/2009 1:30:20 PM EDT
Originally Posted By lazaro:
Originally Posted By poink:
Now every liberal in congress can finally have Obama melt in their mouth.


I don't know guys, but it seems that everything that has, somehow has a hint of Obama in it, will make me lose appetite. Even the words hope and/or change, somehow it lost all its meaning.

ibid.
Link Posted: 3/26/2009 1:32:56 PM EDT
Link Posted: 3/26/2009 1:36:47 PM EDT
Much like the inspiration for the product it leaves a shitty taste in your mouth.
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