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January 24th, 2009

Lafayette Franch Pastry, a New York bakery in Greenwich Village known for its tasty cookies and treats, is coming under fire for a tasteless and racist batch of chocolate treats called “Drunken Negro Head Cookies.” The cookies are dark brown with exaggerated facial features and cherry toppings. Ted Kefalinos, who first introduced the cookies on Martin Luther king Day last week, says he made the cookies to honor Obama. He also admits that he is not an Obama fan but thinks the cookies are a winner for him since every one in his first batch was sold. When customers asked Kefalinos why he made the cookies, he reportedly mentioned Obama and said the new President will “get his” just like Abraham Lincoln who inspires him. “I’m sorry that people were offended by the cookie,” says Kefalinos, who insists his product is not racist. No one got offended when he introduced “Dead Geese Bread” after a U.S. Airways plane crashed in the nearby Hudson River two weeks ago, he argues. Many New Yorkers plan to boycott the shop whose pastries were used in “s*x in the City” and Spike Lee’s “Jungle Fever.”

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‘Drunken Negro’ Cookie Baker Apologizes
January 28th, 2009



The baker whose racist “Drunken Negro Face” cookies sparked outrage in New York and beyond said he was only trying to honor President Barack Obama as the first African-American president.

“It was an innocent design I created,” he told a FOX News reporter. “It is nothing more than a piece of art.”

As Ted Kefalinos stood outside his Greenwich Village pastry shop, where he baked the ugly chocolate faces with distorted noses, lips and eyes, his phone rang incessantly.

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“You oughta be ashamed of yourself,” one caller snapped into his store phone.

Said another angry voice: “You’re shop will burn to the ground tonight!”

Kefalinos has been taping the calls at the request of the FBI, which says it is looking into the threats.

Initially, Kefalinos told the reporter that he sees nothing wrong with the doughy depiction of drunken Black folks. But he has since offered an apology to his customers and the community. However, it could be too late, if the reaction by passersby is any indication. Many customers who passed by his door during the interview with the reporter said that even though Kefalinos had apologized they would never visit his pastry shop again.

“The damage has been done,” a woman said.
Posted By: Shantell C-H
Wednesday, February 4th 2009 at 3:05PM
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