Internet entrepreneurs have capitalized on New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin’s controversial comments about wanting his city to once again be “chocolate” – a majority black – by selling T-shirts bearing the official’s image dressed as Willy Wonka.
As WorldNetDaily reported, Monday during a Martin Luther King Jr. event, Nagin stated:
“We ask black people … It’s time for us to come together. It’s time for us to rebuild New Orleans – the one that should be a chocolate New Orleans. And I don’t care what people are saying in Uptown or wherever they are. This city will be chocolate at the end of the day.”
He also noted: “This city will be a majority African-American city. It’s the way God wants it to be. You can’t have New Orleans no other way. It wouldn’t be New Orleans.”
Though Nagin apologized the following day, his comments were roundly criticized in the media.
A takeoff on the classic film “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” the new T-shirt has Nagin dressed like the title character of the movie with New Orleans in the background. The following words appear around the photo: “Willy Nagin and the Chocolate Factory,” along with the address of the website selling the shirts, ImNotChocolate.com.
The shirt is offered in six sizes. Also available is a bumper sticker and cap.
“Due to overwhelming response you can expect delivery of your order in approximately seven to 10 business days,” states the site. “Thank you for your support in uniting the great city of New Orleans.”