Belgian police manual with Bush-chimpanzee pics


Bush and chimp photographs

When I thought there was nothing in the Google cache of Dear Kitty Modblog any more, I found this story, 4/1/05:

Mood: Looking

Playing: Ape man, by The Kinks

From China Daily:

Belgium red-faced over Bush chimpanzee photos

2005-04-01

Belgium’s interior minister was left red-faced after it emerged that photos comparing US President George W. Bush to a chimpanzee had been used in a police training manual.

“I hadn’t seen these photos and I think they are in bad taste,” the minister, Patrick Dewael, told the Flemish-language daily Het Laatste Nieuws, which first reported the story.

The pictures in question — reprinted by the newspaper [and shown then on Indymedia Belgium]– showed a series of the US leader’s facial expressions next to shots of a chimpanzee making apparently similar faces.

They were intended to help trainee police officers in the western city of Bruges to recognize the importance of body language in dealing with the public.

Bush is shown in poses ranging from pensive to finger-waving debating mode.

The pictures are all the more embarrassing for Dewael since he had signed a letter calling on Belgian municipal authorities and other police chiefs to use the manual.

But he was at pains to insist he did not know about the pictures.

“This collage was not an initiative of the interior ministry,” he said, adding that he intended to ask Bruges authorities to withdraw the controversial pages from the manual.

Isn’t this insulting to chimpanzees?

Advertisements

7 thoughts on “Belgian police manual with Bush-chimpanzee pics

  1. Pingback: Questions and answers on this blog, continued | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  2. Pingback: Tony Blair joins JP Morgan as $1m-a-year part-timer | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  3. Pingback: Turkish president compared to ‘Lord of the Rings’ Gollum | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  4. Pingback: Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and Thomas Paine | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  5. Pingback: Chimpanzees used tools long ago, new research says | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  6. Pingback: Ugandan Chimps, Healers Use Same Herbs | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  7. Pingback: Vice, new film on Bush’s vice president Cheney | Dear Kitty. Some blog

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.