SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J. (AP) — A boardwalk game in the town where the MTV reality show “Jersey Shore” is filmed features a caricature of President Barack Obama as a moving target along with likenesses of Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden.
People playing the “Walkin Charlie” game in Seaside Heights can win a prize if they knock a plate out of the turntable targets, which include Obama depicted with exaggerated ears and smile.
The New Jersey game’s creator, Tom Whalen, was not in when The Associated Press called seeking comment Tuesday.
Whalen told CBS3-TV in Philadelphia that the game is for fun and that he hopes it doesn’t offend anyone. Whalen also said he planned to add Sarah Palin, Hillary Rodham Clinton and former President George W. Bush.
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Visitor Cathy Williams said the game was disrespectful to Obama.
An eastern Pennsylvania company last week pulled a carnival game in which players shot foam darts at an image resembling Obama.
Irvin Good Jr. received a complaint from a Massachusetts woman attending a fair in Roseto, about 65 miles north of Philadelphia. Good said 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,” Good said.
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 including stuffed animals by hitting targets on the image’s head and heart.
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