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German zoo renames baboon called Obama after racist claims

 
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London, July 11 - ANI: A zoo in Germany has reportedly renamed a baby baboon from Obama to Okeke, after being accused of racism.

The Dresden Zoo was said to have named the baby mandrill after the US President, while being caught up in Obama-mania.

According to a report in The Local, a black advocacy group slammed the move, accusing the zoo of racial insensitivity, and demanded that the animal be renamed, reports The Telegraph.

Manuela Collmar, keeper at the zoo's Afrika Haus, said that names of all newborn were marked with the same letter each year, and the mandrills case was no exception.

She defended the name saying that Obama was "meant to be positive and an honour in light of his visit to Dresden in June."

Director Karl-Heinz Ukena also denied racist claims, and apologised for any harm caused.

The primate will now be called Okeke, which Ukena says means "he who was born on market day". - ANI

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IN DEBT WE TRUST
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Re: German zoo renames baboon called Obama after racist claims
Ok...
Anybody who makes a racist connection on things like this is a fucking racist!

"Oh but y'know... the whole black people and monkeys thing."

Nobody EVEN thought about that until some PC thug decided to scream "THAT'S RACIST!!"

Dumb, dumb fucking species.
Bring on 2012 I say!
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Re: German zoo renames baboon called Obama after racist claims
London, July 11 - ANI: A zoo in Germany has reportedly renamed a baby baboon from Obama to Okeke, after being accused of racism.

The Dresden Zoo was said to have named the baby mandrill after the US President, while being caught up in Obama-mania.

According to a report in The Local, a black advocacy group slammed the move, accusing the zoo of racial insensitivity, and demanded that the animal be renamed, reports The Telegraph.

Manuela Collmar, keeper at the zoo's Afrika Haus, said that names of all newborn were marked with the same letter each year, and the mandrills case was no exception.

She defended the name saying that Obama was "meant to be positive and an honour in light of his visit to Dresden in June."

Director Karl-Heinz Ukena also denied racist claims, and apologised for any harm caused.

The primate will now be called Okeke, which Ukena says means "he who was born on market day". - ANI

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These germans!!! Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!!!
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Is it also racist to name an albino monkey Mueller or Smith or Baker?
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Baboon Obama... LOL
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Re: German zoo renames baboon called Obama after racist claims
Anyone heard of polar bear Knut in the Berlin Zoo? Yes, he was white of course, and yes, 'Knut' was and is a typical northern name. Who yelled it was racist to name him so?
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If it was called Johnny or Jimmy it wouldn't be waaacissss.
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Re: German zoo renames baboon called Obama after racist claims
London, July 11 - ANI: A zoo in Germany has reportedly renamed a baby baboon from Obama to Okeke, after being accused of racism.

The Dresden Zoo was said to have named the baby mandrill after the US President, while being caught up in Obama-mania.

According to a report in The Local, a black advocacy group slammed the move, accusing the zoo of racial insensitivity, and demanded that the animal be renamed, reports The Telegraph.

Manuela Collmar, keeper at the zoo's Afrika Haus, said that names of all newborn were marked with the same letter each year, and the mandrills case was no exception.

She defended the name saying that Obama was "meant to be positive and an honour in light of his visit to Dresden in June."

Director Karl-Heinz Ukena also denied racist claims, and apologised for any harm caused.

The primate will now be called Okeke, which Ukena says means "he who was born on market day". - ANI

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cruise

That zoo is Obozo's birth place. His TRUE home.
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Political correctness is taking over. 1984 anyone?
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low IQ from africa
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Re: German zoo renames baboon called Obama after racist claims
Anyone heard of polar bear Knut in the Berlin Zoo? Yes, he was white of course, and yes, 'Knut' was and is a typical northern name. Who yelled it was racist to name him so?
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white people have no problem identifying with a cute cuddly bear, what's wrong with identifying with a monkey? MOnkey are funny and smart and cute, they are the smartest animals.
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Did the Baboons complain, I am sure they did. Really, what self respecting Baboon would want their child named after a Pavement Ape.
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Animal cruelty
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bump
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Re: German zoo renames baboon called Obama after racist claims
It was offensive to the baboon to be called Obama.

That is what really happened.
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so sad
so they name a new animal after the president. as an hommage
but because people discriminate against monkeys this cant be done?
what if it was a gold fish? would have been ok?
what about a rat tho? or a snake? ehh??

feeding into these claims keeps racism alife.
what a shame
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Re: German zoo renames baboon called Obama after racist claims
laugh
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Awesome that it was named that to begin with. cruise
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Re: German zoo renames baboon called Obama after racist claims
It was offensive to the baboon to be called Obama.

That is what really happened.
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lmao
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Naggers always get upset at any connection even innocent connection with monkeys. OTOH I bet the monkey is relieved.
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Cool they changed the name, as now it is in the news and we can enjoy another hate thread.
This time in favour of the baboon ofcourse.lol
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Re: German zoo renames baboon called Obama after racist claims
Ok...
Anybody who makes a racist connection on things like this is a fucking racist!

"Oh but y'know... the whole black people and monkeys thing."

Nobody EVEN thought about that until some PC thug decided to scream "THAT'S RACIST!!"

Dumb, dumb fucking species.
Bring on 2012 I say!
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 728375

The Irish were also compared to monkeys, but you didn't hear cries of 'racism' when GW Bush was compared to a monkey and he is part Irish.

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