A Whole Foods store on Manhattan’s Upper West Side recently used a drawing of President Obama's face to sell chicken.
New York City resident Woody Henderson contacted WNBC-TV after he saw the sign advertising chicken for $1.99 a pound.
“There are certain things that have been used to put down black people: watermelon, fried chicken,” Henderson told WNBC-TV.
Whole Foods spokesperson Michael Sinatra told WNBC-TV that the company regularly used drawings of pop culture figures to sell products (which is actually illegal without the famous person's permission).
Sinatra said the sign was removed “once it was brought to our attention by a shopper that it may be perceived as offensive. There was no disrespect meant at all."
“If that same employee had drawn a picture of a naked woman sitting with her legs wide open and put it in front of the store, what they’re basically saying is they wouldn’t have known nothing about it or it had nothing to do with them,” Henderson asserted. “They are responsible.”