NM fair booth pulls targets depicting bin Laden

AP News
Posted: Sep 22, 2012 2:22 PM
NM fair booth pulls targets depicting bin Laden

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A shooting gallery booth at the New Mexico State Fair has pulled targets depicting Osama bin Laden and other Arab-dressed figures after complaints that they were racist.

The "Live Combat" attraction at the fair that ends Sunday allows fairgoers to shoot paintballs at mannequins and targets.

The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/UpPJff ) in Saturday's editions that attorney Tova Indritz said she was shocked and upset by the Arab imagery she saw when visiting the fair and complained to fair management that it was racist.

A fair spokesman didn't return a call from the Journal Friday.

But booth operator Orlando Camacho said the targets were not racist or intended to offend Arabs. He says the targets were removed or covered as soon as the complaints were made.


Information from: Albuquerque Journal, http://www.abqjournal.com