Chicago Muslims irate over ‘suicide bomber’ doll parody

By Arturo Garcia
Monday, May 6, 2013 8:32 EDT
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'Parody' greeting card depicts Muslim doll as suicide bomber
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Members of Chicago’s Muslim community denounced a parody greeting card depicting a muslim “talking doll” as a toy suicide bomber.

WGN-TV reported on Sunday that the card, which features phrases like “Pull string for message, if you dare” and “She’ll blow your brains out,” was brought to the attention of the local chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) after a woman spotted it inside a stationary store. The doll featured on the card is a take-off of an actual toy, the “Aamina the Muslim Girl” doll.

Ahmed Rehab, the chapter’s executive director, said the greeting card plays to “an ugly ravenous stereotype that suggests that anybody who looks a certain way is a terrorist.”

According to The Daily Mail, the card was made by NobleWorks, a New Jersey-based company that specializes in caustic parody cards.

“I can only imagine folks and friends who receive or read our cards, can help but wonder as to whether laughing is the appropriate thing to do,” company owner Ron Kanfi wrote in a message on Nobleworks’ website. “But as our motto goes: “Fuck ‘em if they can’t take a joke!”

Watch WGN’s report on the controversy surrounding the “suicide bomber” greeting card, aired Sunday, below.

Arturo Garcia
Arturo Garcia
Arturo R. García is the managing editor at Racialicious.com. He is based in San Diego, California and has written for both print and broadcast media, including contributions to GlobalComment.com, The Root and Comment Is Free. Follow him on Twitter at @ABoyNamedArt
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