Days before President Obama is scheduled to lay a wreath at Flanders Field in Belgium on Wednesday to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I, a local newspaper published images of the president and First Lady Michelle Obama depicted as apes.
According to the publication, De Morgan, the feature was meant to be a satirical take on the tension between Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin over the crisis in Crimea.
“Vladimir Putin is the president of Russia,” the newspaper wrote. “He sent us this attachment at our request, and chose to send pictures instead of text ‘because he doesn’t have a lot of time.’”
Next to the image of the Obamas is a photo of the president with a caption that reads, “The First Black President of the USA Starts Selling Weed.”
Nigerian author Chika Unigwe, who lives in Belgium, tweeted the photo over the weekend. Clearly offended by the “satire,” he wrote, “I forgot to laugh. #racist.”