SPRING LAKE, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A New Jersey business owner’s window display which depicts President Barack Obama as a witch doctor is generating support and outrage.
The display in a window of Skuby & Co. Lifestyle Clothing in Spring Lake includes an image of the president’s head superimposed on the body of a witch doctor above the word “ObamaCare.”
WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond reports
There’s a tombstone featuring a picture of the president with a stethoscope and the inscription, “I Told You I Was Sick.” A mannequin also wears a hat with a derogatory Obama acronym.
Store owner Bill Skuby told 1010 WINS he developed his display because it reflects his beliefs.
“My feeling about ‘Obamacare’ and all this other stuff — at some point you have to stand up to how you feel and I feel this is wrong and awful,” Skuby said. “I think this guy has just taken down a path we could never recover from.”
“There’s a skeleton above the gravestone with an Obama mask on and a crown because I think he thinks he’s the king,” Skuby told WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond.
Skuby, who said he’s a declared Independent, hasn’t seen a drop in business because of the sign.
However, one resident who saw the display Monday told the Asbury Park Press it was disrespectful and portrays the town as racist.
“I’m not backing down. I don’t care what they do. I’ve had a black group call me a little while ago, they are going to picket me. Fine. Picket me all you want. Maybe I can get a customer out of the deal. But the truth of the matter is, this is the way I feel and we’ve got to stand up for what we feel. And at my age, I’m taking a stand and that’s just the way it is,” Skuby told Diamond.
Skuby told CBSNewYork.com he is not going to remove the display despite the fact some groups said they plan to picket outside his store.
Skuby also said he’s surprised at all the attention this has gotten since he had the same display up last year and no one said a word.
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