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April 10, 2009 | | Comments 0

Walgreens Pulls Obama Chia From Shelves

I didn’t even know such a thing existed, that is the Chia Obama, based on the popular Chia Pet products. Well, apparently it does and Walgreens decided to pull the product from its shelves of stores in over concerns that it might offend customers.

Chia Pet creator Joseph Pedott told FOXNews.com he was “shocked” when he found out the mega-pharmacy was pulling his merchandise.

The Chia Obama, a bust of the 44th president with sprouting grass-like “hair” in the tradition of the classic Chia Pet, was stocked at the Tampa and Chicago Walgreens stores as a test run. Pedott said company executives approved the product ahead of time, but it was on the shelves for less than a week when he got an e-mail Friday from Walgreens saying “it’s not our image.”

“I’m sick about it,” Pedott, 76, said, disputing any suggestion that Chia Obama’s Chia hair was mocking the Afro hairstyle.

“Obama had an Afro — does that make him racist?” Pedott said. “So how the hell do you get racist out of it? And number one, you can give him a haircut.”

Whether people feel it is inappropriate or not does not negate from the fact that it is simply a stupid product and as such, is listed here as a “dipnoid” of a product.

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David Wallace is a search & social media marketer who lives in Anthem Arizona with his lovely wife. Interests & hobbies include all things Disney, roller coasters, musicianship and Christianity.

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