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05 August 2010

New Carnival Game “Alien Attack” Encourages Players to Shoot Darts at Obama

Posted by Jim Hoft on Wednesday, August 4, 2010, 5:56 PM

A new carnival game “Alien Attack” encourages players to shoot darts at an image resembling President Barack Obama.

A boy plays the “Alien Attack” shooting game that depicts President Barack Obama during last weekend’s Roseto Big Time. (Lehigh Valley Live)

The carnival was forced to yank the game after complaints.
The AP reported:

The head of an eastern Pennsylvania amusement company has yanked a carnival game in which players shot foam darts at an image resembling President Barack Obama.

Irvin Good Jr. pulled the target-shooting game after receiving a complaint from a Massachusetts woman attending a fair in Roseto, about 65 miles north of Philadelphia. Good said Wednesday his company, Hellertown-based Goodtime Amusements, won’t offer the game again.

“It was just a big, big mistake in judgment, and I feel sorry about it,” he told The Associated Press. “I can’t take it back, but I can try to make it better.”

The game, dubbed “Alien Attack,” featured a large painted image of a black man wearing a belt buckle with the presidential seal and holding a scroll labeled “Health Bill.” Players could win prizes such as stuffed animals by hitting targets on the image’s head and heart.

The game was featured in late July at the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Big Time Celebration, an annual fair that raises money for the Roman Catholic parish in Roseto.

Kathryn Chapman, 55, of Medford, Mass., who spent part of her childhood in Roseto and was in town for a family reunion, spotted the game and complained to Good.

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