Florida Cracker Visits Chain Bookshop

by Ken Layne

Rush Limbaugh is at it again!
Here’s your charming racist Obama-related stunt of the day: Some jackass cleverly put a book about monkeys in a window display of Obama books, at a Barnes & Noble in Florida. Ha ha so funny! Barnes & Noble has apologized for this thing it didn’t do, so this one blogger says “Yeah sure. Blame it on the customers.” Because, obviously, Barnes & Noble management cleverly planned this racially offensive outrage to, uh, make people boycott the stores or something, right? Kindle? [Sandra Rose/Snopes]

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Bruno March 4, 2009 at 12:19 pm

I’ll bet the photograher is guity.

I guess this is the only scenario where wingnuts find it acceptable to NOT turn over copies of books/magazines bearing the likeness of “That One”

Fox n Fiends March 4, 2009 at 12:20 pm

when at Barnes & Noble i often grab a stack of Coulter’s books and restock them in the Nazi Germany history section.

loudmouthredhead March 4, 2009 at 12:21 pm

But Ken, it MUST have been B&N employees. I mean, customers are thoroughly discouraged from messing with the window displays! Thoroughly, mind you!

Texan Bulldoggette March 4, 2009 at 12:25 pm

I don’t get it. I assume these right winger nuts are anti-evolution (‘I didn’t come from no damn monkey’). The black man/monkey comparison would mean they think we DID come from monkeys. Or did just black people come from monkeys? If just black people came from monkeys, are they a different species from white people? Me so confused.

Colander March 4, 2009 at 12:26 pm

[re=257550]Fox n Fiends[/re]: Wow, me too! Except, I put them in the Men’s Fitness section.

AngryBlakGuy March 4, 2009 at 12:27 pm

…geez, when are the racist going to get some new material? I know having to get those 2 last braincells up and running can be painful, but this crap is getting old!

Texan Bulldoggette March 4, 2009 at 12:28 pm

And, not buying the ‘customer did it’ defense. If customers could get behind store window displays, all you’d see would be naked mannequins having sex doggy style.

V572625694 March 4, 2009 at 12:30 pm

I haz a sad for B&N, and not just because the losers they hire for clerks want to sign me up for a permanent spamfest every time I buy a remaindered paperback. It’s because the idea of a great big bookstore in every mall, or the one a block from my house, is so good. But in reality it’s so much easier to stay on my fat ass and order from Amazon. They’re bankrupt already, right?

Books were great from the time Gutenberg invented movable type in 1439 (and printed some gorgeous bibles) until the Kindle arrived.

loudmouthredhead March 4, 2009 at 12:31 pm

[re=257550]Fox n Fiends[/re]: I always put the Hannity and Coulter books facing each other, like they’re kissing.

Then I pee on them

hockeymom March 4, 2009 at 12:32 pm

Not pictured, but right below the monkey book is Ina Garten’s best-seller “The Barefoot Contessa Does Watermelon”.

V572625694 March 4, 2009 at 12:32 pm

[re=257561]V572625694[/re]: By “they” I meant B&N, not Amazon. But Amazon might be too, for all I know.

Red Zeppelin March 4, 2009 at 12:34 pm

[re=257555]Texan Bulldoggette[/re]: I was going to make that exact point. Maybe it’s not evolution at all–maybe the wingnuts think that black people really ARE monkeys who have learned to speak and wear clothes. Who knows? This is Florida, after all.

loudmouthredhead March 4, 2009 at 12:34 pm

Clearly the real artard in this situation is that monkey book author for putting a chimp on the cover. Chimps are “great apes”, not monkeys…DUH!

Doglessliberal March 4, 2009 at 12:35 pm

UGH. I hate people sometimes. Luckily, I am about to leave for a few days immersed in nature, so maybe when I get back I won’t feel like neutering large swaths of the population. At least for a little while, until the scumminess of people starts to get to me again….

AngryBlakGuy March 4, 2009 at 12:37 pm

[re=257555]Texan Bulldoggette[/re]: …since when has any right-wing concept actually made sense?

-Pro-Life vs. Death Penalty

-Personal freedoms vs. Gay Marriage

-Abstinence only Ed. vs. Pro Life

-Pro guns vs. Hard on crime

-Balance budget vs. Tax cuts

Texan Bulldoggette March 4, 2009 at 12:41 pm

[re=257568]AngryBlakGuy[/re]: Yeah, I know. I was trying to apply some sort of logic to their thinking. I won’t attempt to do that again!

Fox n Fiends March 4, 2009 at 12:42 pm

[re=257562]loudmouthredhead[/re]: Another fun thing to do is take the jackets off of Glenn Beck’s or Jonah Goldberg’s books and put them on Al Franken’s. that’s like sooo sub vers ive.

WadISay March 4, 2009 at 12:45 pm

Stupid B&N, I bet 90% of the people who go into a bookstore are libs. Maybe some Repub will start a bookstore for illiterates.

Doglessliberal March 4, 2009 at 12:46 pm

[re=257572]Texan Bulldoggette[/re]: You LIBRULS and your “logic”. Next thing, you’ll be saying crazy talk like to lose weight, you need to eat less and exercise more and 1+1=2. Sheesh.

orbit222 March 4, 2009 at 12:46 pm

we’re all just monkeys… right now I’m throwing shit at my wife with my left hand and typing with my right. She has a prehensile tail.

Advocatus_Diaboli March 4, 2009 at 12:47 pm

So let me see if I get the little joke. Obama. Monkeys. Obama. Monkeys.

Nope. Nothing. Thanks for playing, though.

AngryBlakGuy March 4, 2009 at 12:48 pm

[re=257572]Texan Bulldoggette[/re]: …yeah, you really came close to having a stroke on that one!

AnnieGetYourFun March 4, 2009 at 12:50 pm

[re=257574]Fox n Fiends[/re]: That’s actually not a bad idea. I never think of doing shit like that, but then, I do buy all of my books online.

loudmouthredhead March 4, 2009 at 12:51 pm

[re=257577]orbit222[/re]: That’s hot.

rev_matt_y March 4, 2009 at 12:51 pm

[re=257566]loudmouthredhead[/re]: Though that makes the ‘prankster’ (read:racist douchetard) unintentionally at least evolutionarily accurate, in that the closest primate cousin to humans is indeed the chimp.

suchsweetthunder March 4, 2009 at 12:57 pm

[re=257550]Fox n Fiends[/re]: Wow me too, except I put them in the adult books section . . . you know that’s what they’re used for anyway.

BigDupa March 4, 2009 at 12:58 pm

Since when did people in Florida start reading as a pastime? They can hardly read a ballot with the words Bush, Buchanan, and Gore. I call bullshit. Floridians get freaked out if a menu is two pages. No way to they read books.

jimh March 4, 2009 at 1:00 pm

[re=257562]loudmouthredhead[/re]: And they love it.

My cousin used to work at a B&N in the Midwest. She loves to regale us with stories of her work experiences there. A favorite is when a huge woman waddled in the front door and stopped slurping her big gulp for a moment. She looked around in amazement and yelled at the top of her lungs: “My GAWWWD! Who READS all these!!?!

loudmouthredhead March 4, 2009 at 1:01 pm

[re=257580]AnnieGetYourFun[/re]: & [re=257574]Fox n Fiends[/re]: The next time you get a cold, you could also place a nice ol’ snot surprise in there for Coulter & Hannity’s readers. Typhoid Annie, indeed!

loudmouthredhead March 4, 2009 at 1:02 pm

[re=257587]BigDupa[/re]: Now now, they can at least appreciate the cover pictures.

loudmouthredhead March 4, 2009 at 1:03 pm

[re=257588]jimh[/re]: That woman dies on the spot, I hope?

SayItWithWookies March 4, 2009 at 1:03 pm

I think Richard Cohen is behind this. Because if people boycott the B&N, that means fewer people read actual books, which means he can scrape together another column complaining about that trend. He will not stop complaining until we return to illuminated vellum manuscripts, you know.

TeddyS March 4, 2009 at 1:05 pm

In only a few days, the open racism has spread from the NY Post vile cartoon, to the Orange County mayor’s watermelon garden to a B&N window in Flodrida. Barry must be doing something right to piss off so many of the knuckle-draggers. And this is all happening with the Republican Party trying to reach out to minorities. Fat chance.

Mustang March 4, 2009 at 1:06 pm

[re=257568]AngryBlakGuy[/re]: I agree. This is a group that doesn’t do a lot of deep thinking. It’s more like “Monkey heh heh heh heh. That’s funny right thar.”

Aurelio March 4, 2009 at 1:07 pm

[re=257564]V572625694[/re]: Amazon is not going broke. They are doing just fine, thank you very much!

WadISay March 4, 2009 at 1:08 pm

OT, but I see PM Brown addressed Congress. I hope somebody stood up in back and yelled, “Will the gentleman kindly explain the stain on his trousers?

Crazybroad March 4, 2009 at 1:08 pm

[re=257550]Fox n Fiends[/re]: Epic, Epic WIN!!1!!

Mustang March 4, 2009 at 1:14 pm

[re=257587]BigDupa[/re]: I was pondering that, too. But then I remembered B and N has an impressive selection of porn.

chascates March 4, 2009 at 1:17 pm

Hurricane season starts soon so the Florida good-old-racists may be begging the Feds for some stimulatin’ money.

Violenza March 4, 2009 at 1:19 pm

Bizarro World strikes again. The thing is, any jokes/criticism from conserva-goblins on Obama are 100% accurate only when applied to Bush: 1) Resembles a monkey, 2) Dastardly plans to steal our freedoms, 3) Redistribution of wealth, etc. etc. etc.

V572625694 March 4, 2009 at 1:21 pm

[re=257600]Aurelio[/re]: Yeah, good for them. Actually it was Borders that was going down, but the one near my house is still open. Maybe they need some TARP money!

liquiddaddy March 4, 2009 at 1:30 pm

Seriously, I think B&N are repeat offenders on this one. For years they would have displays of Mellon Scaife-supported batshit crazy writers, labeled “best sellers”, while sticking sensible, reality-based writers in the back by the goat herding and macrame books.

superfecta March 4, 2009 at 1:33 pm

[re=257588]jimh[/re]: Sweet. My cousin in Missourah used to work the phones for Bass Pro Shops and they had many regular customers who had them on speed-dial because they couldn’t read confusing things like letters and numbers. They would describe the items to her and she’d have to figure out what they meant with the catalog. Clearly pulling a ‘monkey’ stunt like this would be beyond them.

Schadenfried March 4, 2009 at 1:56 pm

[re=257592]loudmouthredhead[/re]: Rhinoviruses deserve better.

WIDTAP March 4, 2009 at 1:58 pm

I think a law needs to be passed that Barnes & Noble spokesperson Mary Ellen Keating is required to be hired to write the apology for every gaffe and act of stupidity commit by anyone in Washington. Now that is an Apology apology. Thank you Mary.

KingofQueenAnne March 4, 2009 at 2:19 pm

When I worked at Waldenbooks in high school we had teenage shitbags put Kama Sutra and Tantric sex books in the children’s section *all* the *time*. In fact, one of my duties was to make a pass through the children’s section and check for these things before I closed up for the night.

McDuff March 4, 2009 at 2:40 pm

Looking at the book just above the Monkey, I am wondering about the giant “TIME” tatoo on Hopey’s forehead. Is it part of some of post-inaugural ritual or does “TIME” translate to “666″ in Kenyan?

assistant/atlas March 4, 2009 at 2:42 pm

Yay for the Eric Holder-inspired National Race Discussion!

But seriously, racism is way funnier now that there’s a black man in the White House, because it just seems even more wackily bitter and roll-your-eyes silly….

…well, you know, unless you’re just an average black Joe 40* who has to deal with it and not the Harvard-educated President with a posse of Secret Servicemen.

*Did you know: “black people don’t drink six-packs.” It’s true! My black friend told me, and obvs., he’d know. You know, with him being black and all.

TexasCowGirl March 4, 2009 at 3:55 pm

You know what’s really funny about the black people/monkey “jokes”? If you shaved the hair off of that monkey, it’s skin would be white.

Advn2rgirl March 4, 2009 at 4:43 pm

“Red hair. That’s like an orangutan, isn’t it Jane?”
I am so completely over these people.

aflurry March 4, 2009 at 5:07 pm

What the hell is wrong with monkeys anyway? They are cool.

Texan Bulldoggette March 4, 2009 at 5:46 pm

[re=257859]TexasCowGirl[/re]: Except for the blue scrotum part, right?

NYNYNY March 4, 2009 at 5:47 pm

[re=257555]Texan Bulldoggette[/re]: That is a good question…I think, though, the people who are more into Aryan race things actually do have a bunch of concepts about evolution and eugenics and stuff. Fundies, if racist, and most are not, don’t have any real theories behind their racism.

problemwithcaring March 4, 2009 at 7:39 pm

It’s exhausting getting outraged every time some a-hole screws around with the reading material displayed in stores.

Exhausting, I tell you!

donner_froh March 4, 2009 at 9:59 pm

The Riggio brothers, controller shareholders and top execs at Barnes and Noble are quite liberal–for rich guys, especially for rich guys who didn’t start out that way. Len Riggio is about half retired and runs a foundation that he funds that does stuff like build homes in New Orleans and make them available at well below market rates for those displaced by Katrina, build schools in Africa and fund their staffing by local teachers, that kind of stuff.

They are also capitalists, of course, so if a publisher came out with a a smelly piece of animal shit between two covers, slapped and isbn and price on it and paid them to promote it they would.

gliberal March 4, 2009 at 10:44 pm

Wingnuts can’t rede anyways. Your average wingnut makes Larry the Cable Guy sound like one end of the Algonquin Round Table.

davesnothere March 5, 2009 at 2:32 am

[re=257562]loudmouthredhead[/re]: Ewww! They probably dig that.

Keram2 March 5, 2009 at 2:36 am

Since I think it’s a rule that this tired construction be used in every wonkette comment thread…

Step 1: Insult wildly popular president with blatant racism
Step 2: ?????
Step 3: Profit

TexasCowGirl March 6, 2009 at 1:50 am

[re=258007]Texan Bulldoggette[/re]: Not if they are very cold or sex deprived.

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