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Danny Hafley, Kentucky Man, Defends Watermelon-Eating Obama Display: He 'Might Get Hungry'

11:14 am - 12/29/2012
Danny Hafley, Kentucky Man, Defends Watermelon-Eating Obama Display: He 'Might Get Hungry'

Danny Hafley of Casey County, Ky. said this week that people are reading the mannequin in his front yard depicting President Barack Obama eating a watermelon completely wrong.

"The way I look at it, it's freedom of speech," Hafley told Lex 18 in a recent interview, going on to state that he had included the watermelon not in attempt to play to any racist stereotypes, but because the statue "might get hungry standing out here."

According to Hafley, the display is "popular" and a frequent draw for people passing by to stop and take pictures.

Watermelon imagery has been utilized in anti-Obama efforts in the past, usually by those claiming there is no racist sentiment behind the choice.

In 2009, a mayor of Los Alamitos, Calif. resigned his post after sending an e-mail showing watermelons in front of the White House, alongside the text "No Easter egg hunt this year." He maintained that he wasn't aware of the racial stereotype that African Americans like watermelon.

And earlier this year, a resident of Santa Clara, Calif. included a watermelon in his anti-Obama display that also featured an empty chair -- a reference to Hollywood star Clint Eastwood's bizarre Republican National Convention speech -- a noose, and a sign telling the president to "go back to Kenya you idiot." The owner of that setup declined to comment at the time.

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OP: There is a video at the source that doesn't want to embed for me so check that out if you feel so inclined.
chaya 30th-Dec-2012 06:46 pm (UTC)
According to Hafley, the display is "popular" and a frequent draw for people passing by to stop and take pictures.

Those pictures are then uploaded to social media sites with the caption "this is why I'm so desperate to move out of my hometown".
vampslayer04 30th-Dec-2012 06:59 pm (UTC)
Yeah, this. Though, I love Kentucky, it's a beautiful state. I'd much rather stay here and try to change things than transplant myself away from family and everything familiar.

I'm already in one of the liberal parts of the state - this whole county went soundly blue in the election. And I honestly think things can only get better from here on out.
ntensity 30th-Dec-2012 06:59 pm (UTC)
The statue might get hungry.

Well...I gotta say, that's a new one. :/
skellington1 31st-Dec-2012 05:14 pm (UTC)
Yeah... I mean, I can see someone saying that... if they were four. Maybe three. The same age where feeding your oatmeal to the VCR sounds like a good decision.
tabaqui 30th-Dec-2012 07:08 pm (UTC)
OMFG. I might have been a little idiot as a child about society and whatnot, but even *i* knew that black person/watermelon was *not* a cutesy photo-op but a racist statement.

Fuck this guy and every single hater who pretends not to know this.
ladypolitik 30th-Dec-2012 07:14 pm (UTC)
LOL @ racists still not coming to terms with Obama still being black, and STILL being president. Deal with it, seriously.

Cant even bother getting mad at this type of shit any more. I'll have a tall glass of Danny Hafley's racist salty tears with my side of seedless watermelon, thanks.

Edited at 2012-12-30 07:20 pm (UTC)
kitanabychoice 30th-Dec-2012 07:35 pm (UTC)
rme. with an excuse like that, let me say I'm surprised he didn't throw in a bucket of fried chicken too.
starsinshapes 30th-Dec-2012 07:36 pm (UTC)
It's to the point now where I wish severe harm, even death, on people like this. And I don't feel bad about it.

I really wish white people would actually have to face consequences for the anti-black things they say and do.
angelofdeath275 30th-Dec-2012 07:37 pm (UTC)
Racists can be so pathetic.
lykomancer 30th-Dec-2012 08:19 pm (UTC)
I admit, I was ignorant of the watermelon thing for most of my life. But not anymore. Ever since we got Obama as president, it's been a little hard to NOT see the "hyuk, hyuk; black people eat watermelons!" stereotype everywhere. (I'm imagining this is also more common in the south, with it's history of plantation slavery and its watermelon-suitable growing season.) "Wasn't aware", my ass.
skellington1 31st-Dec-2012 05:16 pm (UTC)
Ditto. I didn't have a clue until he first ran for President, and then it was impossible not to be see it.

Of course, in this case 'wasn't aware' is an even more idiotic defense, because the dude went to the effort of putting both statue and watermelon out there. Are we supposed to believe he just randomly did that?
rkt 30th-Dec-2012 08:40 pm (UTC)
lol @ racists pretending not be racist but proudly continuing to be racist
tiddlywinks103 31st-Dec-2012 07:11 pm (UTC)
Right? So fucking pathetic.
fragbert 30th-Dec-2012 08:47 pm (UTC)
...he had included the watermelon not in attempt to play to any racist stereotypes...

He maintained that he wasn't aware of the racial stereotype that African Americans like watermelon.

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lestat 31st-Dec-2012 02:21 am (UTC)
omg a brian blessed gif
zhiva_the_mage 30th-Dec-2012 09:21 pm (UTC)
# He maintained that he wasn't aware of the racial stereotype that African Americans like watermelon. #

Well, now he is aware. I wonder how he would react if someone stepped on his foot, and when he said "please stop standing on my foot", they said "oh, I wasn't aware" and continued standing on his foot?
thelilyqueen 30th-Dec-2012 09:32 pm (UTC)
Precisely.

And, I'm calling BS on this guy. He just HAS to have his Obama-mannequin eating something, and out of the umpteen thousand foods found on Earth that something just HAS to be a watermelon, but there's no play on a stereotype?
mskye 30th-Dec-2012 10:09 pm (UTC)
very_veggie 30th-Dec-2012 11:45 pm (UTC)
"might get hungry standing out here."

That's pretty weak. A five year old could come up with a more plausible story, lbr.
moonshaz 31st-Dec-2012 01:39 am (UTC)
"The way I look at it, it's freedom of speech," Hafley told Lex 18 in a recent interview, going on to state that he had included the watermelon not in attempt to play to any racist stereotypes, but because the statue "might get hungry standing out here."


hangonego 31st-Dec-2012 02:13 am (UTC)
hehe babyy.

these excuses are just laughable.
moonshaz 1st-Jan-2013 12:38 am (UTC)
They are, really. That's why I felt that only a cat could express the proper amount of disdain that was required!

Because nobody does disdain better than kittehs!
oceandezignz 31st-Dec-2012 06:36 am (UTC)
For some reason I feel as if I must post a pic of a black person eating anything but watermelon and/or fried chicken to counteract this or else I will scream.

fynoda 31st-Dec-2012 11:01 am (UTC)
That gif is perfect for this post.
ook 31st-Dec-2012 05:07 pm (UTC)
I understand that people don't like it, but Hafley's display is considered to be "art." Technically, he falls under the category of an outsider folk artist. I'm surprised no one has offered to buy it yet.

This reminds me of the controversial piece that was painted by artist David Hammons of a white-skinned, blonde, blue-eyed Jesse Jackson titled “How Ya Like Me Now?” (1988). It was originally painted as a billboard and was later removed.


fenris_lorsrai 31st-Dec-2012 05:37 pm (UTC)
from watching video, originally mannequin was holding an anti-obama sign during election, then switched the watermelon. Before the mannequin was dressed as Obama, it was apparently dressed as local sheriff to protest something he was doing.

so yeah, free speech. racist speech, but still free speech.

watching video, it was actually LESS awful than I was expecting it to be since Obama is still in suit and tie, but has this slice of watermelon. If he'd picked any other food, it would remind you of any number of pictures from campaign stops with Obama photographed eating the local specialty. and apparently that section of kentucky's specialty is racism.
ook 31st-Dec-2012 05:43 pm (UTC)
So, Hafley's display is actually a performance piece which he changes out depending on his current whims and opinions.
violetrose 31st-Dec-2012 09:39 pm (UTC)
I understand that people don't like it, but Hafley's display is considered to be "art."

Well, at least you put art in quotes. Because really.

Who cares if it's 'art'? It doesn't make it immune from criticism. And this won't make people think anything that they don't already think; it will both uphold racist stereotypes, and enlighten people to the fact that the creator is a racist dick.
ook 1st-Jan-2013 12:03 am (UTC)
You'd be surprised but quite a bit of modern fine art deals with racist stereotypes and depicts a lot of things that people find offensive. But yes, the guy is being a dick. I'm amazed the Media is wasting time talking to him.

Actually, I think someone should buy that guy's offensive statue so it could later be displayed as the type of bullshit that Obama had to put up with while he was President. I know Republicans who claim there's no racism directed at Obama because they personally have never seen it.
tiddlywinks103 31st-Dec-2012 07:09 pm (UTC)
This just makes me laugh, really, because they are such cowards, they can't even admit to their racism, they try to be cute and say that having freedom of speech is mutually exclusive from being racist about it.

I mean, it was like the KKK and their white sheets. If you are so proud fof what you're doing, show your face, and say exactly what you believe to everyone all the time, if you are such a big shot. But they don't, because deep down, they know they are fucked up asshole bigots with no excuse and what they are doing it disgusting. Pathetic.
furrygreen 31st-Dec-2012 07:41 pm (UTC)
I mean, it was like the KKK and their white sheets. If you are so proud fof what you're doing, show your face, and say exactly what you believe to everyone all the time, if you are such a big shot. But they don't, because deep down, they know they are fucked up asshole bigots with no excuse and what they are doing it disgusting. Pathetic.

I have more respect for the KKK and their sheets then this guy because, when you come right down to it, at least they are admitting it. Even with the sheets. They go to meets and they join the "we have everyone not like us" groups but they do that with that specific purpose.

This guy would probably argue until his dying breath that he's isn't a racist. He just ... "doesn't like Obama's politics" or some other weak ass excuse. You have no idea the weak ass excuses people here use to try and validate their racist views and I'm sick of it. Because, you know, Utah isn't a racist state ... or something.
violetrose 31st-Dec-2012 09:41 pm (UTC)
He maintained that he wasn't aware of the racial stereotype that African Americans like watermelon.

Bullshit he didn't. I'm not even American, and the trope is not exactly common here, but I still know that the 'black people love watermelons and fried chicken' is a racist stereotype.
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