Attraction challenging players to ‘shoot’ president’s likeness creates political divides.
The target shooting game that appeared at the recent Big Time fair in Roseto. The game depicts what appears to be President Barack Obama, sparking a complaint. (Contributed photo, TMC / August 3, 2010)
By Christopher Baxter of The Morning Call
The coast-to-coast dust-up over a local carnival game in which players shot darts at an image resembling President Barack Obama has fueled political divisions and left many people wondering: When does free speech become a threat to the nation’s leader?
Goodtime Amusements of Hellertown created the game, called “Alien Attack.” Players fired foam darts at a painting of a black man with antennae. He wears a suit, holds a scroll labeled “Health Bill” and sports a belt buckle fashioned after the presidential seal. Those who hit targets on his heart and forehead got a stuffed animal.
Company President Irvin Good Jr. said he meant no harm by the game. It was not supposed to show Obama, he said, and was canned after a complaint from a visitor to a Roseto fair in late July. But the game led to a visit by the Secret Service, national media attention and hundreds of online comments from across the political spectrum.
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This game, though pretty stupid, hardly meets the “clear and present danger” test. To constitute such a threat, it would have to be something which directly threatened the president; this is no more a threat than some of our friends on the left hanging President Bush in effigy. It did meet the attention-getting test, which ws probably the goal all along.
The Secret Service will probably take this seriously, because it’s their job to take these things seriously.