Racist Michelle 'Ape Pic' Back Online

Limelight-seeking blogger defends 'free expression'
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Jan 4, 2010 2:50 AM CST
A Google search for images of Michelle Obama once again turns up a morphed ape image in the No. 1 spot.
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(Newser) – An altered photo crudely morphing First Lady Michelle Obama's face into an image of an ape is back online. The photo is now posted on the blog BernardTalks, purportedly written by American college student and wanna-be talk show host "Bernard Charles," posing as blogger "bernieluvsellen." The image "falls under freedom of expression," and "people should be aware of the consequences of standing in the limelight," the blog states.

The site also posts derogatory, altered photos of Rosie O'Donnell and John McCain, but the First Lady's altered shot is No. 1 on a Google search for images of Michelle Obama, reports the Telegraph. The image was posted in November on the Hot Girls web site, which eventually yanked it following a storm of controversy. Google warned then that the image might reappear and that the search engine would not pull it because of its commitment to free speech. Google does routinely withdraw child porn sites and sites infected with viruses.

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