There’s nothing like a fresh dose of racism to set the tone for a diplomatic visit.
According to the Huffington Post, De Morgen, a progressive Belgian newspaper, used Photoshop to make President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, look like apes.
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The newspaper later apologized for the image, which it said was meant to be presented in a satirical light considering it said they were published at the request of Russian President Vladamir Putin.
“When you consider the fragment apart from its context, which is a properly worked out satirical section, then you don’t see the joke but just a picture evoking sheer racism,” the newspaper said. “We wrongly assumed that racism is no longer accepted, and that in this way it could be the subject of a joke.”
Obama landed in Belgium on Monday.