Eateries named ‘Obama Fried Chicken’ has New Yorkers protesting

April 4th, 2009 - 1:48 pm ICT by ANI  

New York, Apr.4 (ANI): Two fast-food joints here are calling themselves Obama Fried Chicken, and this has ruffled some feathers.The eateries in Brooklyn and Manhattan plastered the new President’s last name on their awnings recently.

“Why name it that? Just because Obama is black, they’re going to put his name on a fried chicken place in a black neighborhood?” the New York Daily News quoted 16-year-old Akilah Nassy, as saying outside the Brooklyn store.

“If it were [Republican candidate John] McCain, nobody would make a McCain fried chicken place,” Nassy added.

Several weeks ago, S and T Fried Chicken on St. Nicholas Ave. in Harlem formally renamed itself after the country’s first black President. And last week, Royal Fried Chicken on Rutland Road in Brownsville, Brooklyn, did the same.

Staffs at both eateries say the names are meant to pay homage to the new President, not offend customers or capitalize on his popularity.

Beyond the racial overtones, some critics found it distasteful that a business would try to make a profit from a historic election.

In Harlem, the reaction was very different. Business was brisk, and few customers seemed offended at the restaurant, which placed a portrait of the First Family near the cash register.

However, student Skyler McCrimmon, 17, thought the name might be more appropriate “if it were a fancy restaurant.” (ANI)

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