Germans Munch Obama Fingers

Firm 'pays homage' to US prez with frozen fried chicken, says company rep
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 12, 2009 4:24 AM CDT
German frozen food firm Sprehe is selling bread-coated, fried 'Obama fingers' as part of what spokesmen call an 'American-themed' promotion.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – A German frozen food company is trying to cash in on Obamania by selling fried Obama fingers, Der Speigel reports. The Southern-style fried chicken snack was renamed as part of an "America week' promotion. Makers say they were unaware that the name could be viewed as insensitive in light of racist stereotypes associating African-Americans with fried chicken.

"It was supposed to be a homage to the American lifestyle and the new US president," said the company's sales manager. (Read more President Obama stories.)