Obama is one of those figures who clearly has international appeal, especially now since the Russians decided to make an ice cream out of him. How does one exactly make an ice cream that tastes like current United States President Barack Obama?
Behold…”Обамка,” or “Little Obama!” Developed by the Russian Slavitsa company. The treat appeared to be a vanilla ice cream bar covered in a chocolate ganache, described by the company as being “delicious, for chocolate lovers.”
Yeah, where to start about what is wrong with what I am looking at…
Between the implications of comparing Obama to chocolate to the implications of comparing Obama to a chocolate treat that is vanilla on the inside… well, it’s a bit obvious to say that people were bound to find this controversial.
The fact that the little Obama boy is wearing an earring and an anklet isn’t exactly the greatest for PR either since it could be taken for a slave reference.
One U.S. official, who wishes to remain anonymous, described the treat in a statement, saying “While I haven’t seen this particular product for sale, we are disappointed by the media-driven anti-Americanism that has become so prevalent in Russia over the past few years, particularly when it takes on a discriminatory or racist bent.”
Slavitsa, on the other hand, defended the boy on the ice cream package as being based on a Soviet cartoon character, although they did not identify the figure directly, writing “With different flavors and glazes, the ice cream symbolizes the main races of people on our planet…Ice cream names need to be memorable. For those with a rich imagination, various associations might arise, but this product is for children and is a long way from politics.”
— Вести.Ru (@vesti_news) May 7, 2016
According to reports, Slavitsa also claims that the “Little Obama” treat was only in the testing stage and will no longer be produced. Wonder if it was any good…