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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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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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communion 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.
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.
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