Carnival game featuring Obama-like shooting gallery is pulled
The president of a Pennsylvania-based amusement company apologized Wednesday for a target shooting game depicting the image of a black man who appears to be President Obama.
The (Allentown, Pa.) Morning Call
ALLENTOWN, Pa. — The president of a Pennsylvania-based amusement company apologized Wednesday for a target shooting game depicting the image of a black man who appears to be President Obama.
Irvin Good Jr., president of Goodtime Amusements, said he did not intend to offend anyone by offering the game, called "Alien Attack," which recently appeared at the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Big Time Fair in Roseto, Pa., and sparked a complaint.
"I guess we made an error in judgment and we apologize for that," said Good, who has had the game for about six weeks. "I voted for the man. It wasn't meant to be him. If they took it that way, we apologize."
The game depicted a black man dressed in a suit holding a rolled-up piece of paper labeled, "Health Bill." The man also sported a belt buckle fashioned after the presidential seal. Participants shot darts at targets, located on his head and heart, to score points and win a stuffed-animal prize.
Federal law prohibits anyone from knowingly displaying any print or likeness of the presidential seal. Violators can face a fine and up to six months in prison.
Good said the game's design periodically changes, and has again been changed to no longer depict the image of the man. It was designed by one of his workers, Good said, and he should have realized it would create a problem.
Good said he received one complaint about the game after it first appeared. He said he decided he would remove the game if another person complained, which happened during the recent Roseto fair, which dates to 1883 and raises money for the church.
Kathryn Chapman, of Medford, Mass., said that when she visited the Roseto fair with her 14-year-old son, she was flabbergasted.
"I couldn't believe they would have a game where you could shoot any president, George W. Bush or President Obama."
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