John Locke Foundation blogger resigns over Obama illustration

Reply Fri 23 Mar, 2012 10:57 am



Mar. 22, 2012
John Locke Foundation blogger resigns over Obama illustration
Cleve R. Wootson Jr. | The Charlotte Observer

A blogger for conservative N.C. think tank The John Locke Foundation has resigned after she illustrated a story about President Obama’s position on N.C.’'s Marriage Amendment with a photoshopped image of the president in chains and high heels with a bucket of fried chicken.

On Monday, "Meck Deck" blogger Tara Servatius, who hosted a talk show on WBT-AM (1110) until May 2011, posted a story about Obama and the marriage amendment, accompanied by an image of the president’s face photoshopped onto a black man wearing high heels and chains. Between the man’s legs is a bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken.

The photo has since been removed from the blog posting.

In a comment on his Facebook page, John Hood, the president of the John Locke Foundation, said Servatius had resigned.

He also explained what happened: "Earlier this week, a freelancer who blogs at the John Locke Foundation's Charlotte site posted a piece about President Obama's opposition to North Carolina's marriage amendment. It included an illustration that was offensive and utterly inappropriate for our blog or anyone else's. A reader brought it to my attention yesterday, and I had it removed immediately, but the damage was done."

The posting didn't indicate whether anyone at the John Locke Foundation read the blog post before it was uploaded to the internet.

N.C. NAACP President Rev. William Barber also protested the portrayal of Obama in a statement to the news station:

"We at the NC NAACP have learned of the disgusting picture of our President on the John Locke Foundation blog and website. What we have seen so far has both racist and homophobic overtones, both of which are contrary to the fundamentals of our democracy. It’s outrageous and it shows the kind of racialized, mean-spirited and divisive political attitudes that still exist in the South.

"On Thursday we will demand to know who authorized and developed such a racist and bigoted portrayal to be placed on the site of an organization that seeks to have so much influence into the shaping of public policy in NC. Whoever did it is completely over the line. It is reckless and dangerous. And should not only be an affront to the black community, the civil rights community, the LBGT community, but every North Carolinian."

Servatius, a longtime columnist for Charlotte's weekly Creative Loafing, gradually became a presence at WBT, first as a guest, then filling in on shifts when hosts were off.

Servatius grew up in Charlotte and is a graduate of Charlotte Catholic High School and the UNC Chapel Hill School of Journalism.

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Reply Fri 23 Mar, 2012 02:13 pm
This ought to turn on Water man.
cicerone imposter
Reply Fri 23 Mar, 2012 02:22 pm
What ever happened to watersquirt? Seems like he's been "missing" for a few days or weeks.
Reply Fri 23 Mar, 2012 02:24 pm
It's probably his desktop wallpaper by now ... and blown up to a 3 by something foot framed posted.
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Lustig Andrei
Reply Fri 23 Mar, 2012 02:27 pm
@cicerone imposter,
cicerone imposter wrote:

What ever happened to watersquirt? Seems like he's been "missing" for a few days or weeks.

Damn! Thank goodness for that! Don't jinx it, now.
cicerone imposter
Reply Fri 23 Mar, 2012 02:45 pm
@Lustig Andrei,
Hi Andy, Any chance you guys might be coming back to Northern California?

How you all do'n? We're fine - even though we don't call it "paradise."
Lustig Andrei
Reply Fri 23 Mar, 2012 02:50 pm
@cicerone imposter,
Hi, Tak! No plans to be on the mainland in the near future. But you know what they say about the best-laid plans of mice and men. We're both in decent health, thank you for asking. Our best to Lucy.
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