Thursday, March 26, 2015

Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival Poster Offensive?

Fickle NAACP once again offended.

In the land of the continually offended, the NAACP threatens to boycott the Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival over the depiction of to Black American children because they don't have faces.

The artist says that's because they represent everyone, but the NAACP says they are faceless because they are nobodies, and their lives don't matter.


After meeting with local NAACP officials Wednesday (March 25), the Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival announced it would not sell or display its controversial poster at the event April 10-12. The Festival also issued an apology for the poster's artwork, although it remains the official Festival poster.

The rest of the NOLA story is here

The poster is for sale from many local merchants.

CP's take: I think the poster is cute, romantic, and has considerable Charlie Brown vs Lucy appeal. But I understand art is subjective.

Admittedly the strawberry festival attendees are predominantly white and the board the festival and the supporting Kiwanis club are as well. 

A few years ago in Charleston I witnessed this reaction when Darrius Rucker the singer and member of Hootie and Blowfish stormed out of a charity event because the hostess had "watermelon art" in her home's bathroom. The offensive "crate labels" depicting black children in a field of melons offended the celebrity.  

The above poster is offensive to the NAACP unless the artist happens to be black. Then it is totally acceptable and that my friends, makes the NAACP a racist and bigoted organization.


Anonymous said...

The NAACP is nuts. Who is going to try to promote anything using a couple of nobodies? You would only use images your target group can identify with.

The NAACP interpretation is just baiting and could not reflect the true intent of the artist.

Anonymous said...

How can the prosecutor not consider this a hate crime?