The New York Times reports that Obama Fried Chicken in Brooklyn has caved to the threats of activists.
From the restaurant’s perspective, the name change grew out of pride in the new president and a keen sense of commerce. From other perspectives, it was tone-deaf at best, and racist at worst. When the restaurant, Royal Fried Chicken on Rutland Road in Brownsville, changed its name last week to Obama Fried Chicken, the reaction was swift. “Community leaders came. They told us we have to change the name,” said Mohammad Jabbar, 33, the manager. “They said if you don’t change it they will take action.”
The restaurant will now be known as Popular Fried Chicken. Obama’s reps say, “The White House has a longstanding policy of disapproving uses of the president’s name and likeness for commercial purposes.” Hmm, so what about the Chia Obama? I guess I’ll have to get up to the OFC in Harlem before they give up too.