It’s a Weird World

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MOSCOW — A Rus­sian com­pany is try­ing to cash in on chilly re­la­tions be­tween Moscow and Washington by re­leas­ing an ice cream called “Lit­tle Obama”, ir­ri­tat­ing U.S. of­fi­cials.

The prod­uct, called “Obamka” in Rus­sian, is glazed with choco­late and its wrap­ping fea­tures an im­age of a smil­ing young African boy, wear­ing an ear ring and hold­ing an ice cream.with re­la­tions at a post-cold War low since Rus­sia’s 2014 an­nex­a­tion of Crimea and its mil­i­tary in­ter­ven­tion in Syria, Rus­sian state me­dia and pro-krem­lin ac­tivists have of­ten be­rated and mocked Pres­i­dent Barack Obama in terms that U.S. of­fi­cials have de­scribed as racist and in­sult­ing.the com­pany that makes the ice cream, Slav­itsa, said in a state­ment that it was part of a range aimed at chil­dren fea­tur­ing “cheer­ful” char­ac­ters.

“With dif­fer­ent fla­vors and glazes, the ice cream sym­bol­izes the main races of peo­ple on our planet,” it said, adding that the pic­ture of the boy had been in­spired by a Soviet film.

“Ice cream names need to be mem­o­rable. For those with a rich imag­i­na­tion, var­i­ous as­so­ci­a­tions might arise, but this prod­uct is for chil­dren and is a long way from pol­i­tics.”

A U.S. of­fi­cial, who de­clined to be named be­cause of the sub­ject’s sen­si­tiv­ity, told Reuters he saw the ice cream as part of a dis­turb­ing pat­tern.

“While I haven’t seen this par­tic­u­lar prod­uct for sale, we are dis­ap­pointed by the me­dia-driven anti-amer­i­can­ism that has be­come so preva­lent in Rus­sia over the past few years, par­tic­u­larly when it takes on a dis­crim­i­na­tory or racist bent,” the of­fi­cial said. — Reuters

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