How CVS Ruined Christmas

Via Hotair comes words that drugstore chains CVS and Walgreen's have pulled a great gift idea:

In CVS stores for less than a week, the Commander in Chia has already gotten the boot.

The chain Tuesday said it is no longer selling the Chia planter modeled after President Obama.

Chia Pet maker Joseph Enterprises launched an ad blitz leading up to the sales of its Chia Obama last week in Chicago, San Francisco and Tampa, Fla., the first time the item was in a major chain since Walgreens abruptly pulled it after a few days of testing last spring.

Walgreens officials said they received a few complaints. CVS would not say why it stopped the sales.

More here.

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  • Nipplemancer||

    racist

  • Colonel_Angus||

    Two things- the head actually looks nothing like Obama, and RACIST!

  • ||

    It's because people would be saying the little jingle, you know "Chi-chi-chi-Obama!" And "chi" is the first three letters of "chimp"." Which is racist, even though Bush was called that.

  • The Gobbler||

    Guess we'll just have to buy them on the BLACK market.

  • ||

    Racism Squared

    /highfive

    (i cant use "^" anymore?)

  • Suki||

    I so want one! Guess that is where I will be getting mine.

  • JB||

    They are available on Amazon.

    CVS and Walgreens are pussies. Another reason to give Amazon more money.

  • JB||

  • JB||

    Oh, it hurts, it hurts!

    "Before purchasing Chia Obama, I was dying of cancer, my car was due to be repossessed, and my wife wanted a divorce. Since buying Chia Obama, I am considered cancer-free, I won the lottery and bought a Hummer, and my wife and I are in love now more than ever. Chia Obama is the real hope and change, despite having no actual plan behind that!"

  • Suki||

    I think the lottery and the love are more than thinly connected in the quoted work of fiction.

  • Joel||

    I am SO getting one of those. Each morning I can gaze upon my cat, eating the top of Obama's head.

  • ||

    It would go so good with a Ghettopoly game.

  • Suki||

    Would shooting at it with a pellet rifle be racist or a felony or both?

  • ||

    From the tiny picture, it looks more like Anthony Hopkins with a 'fro.

  • zeroentitlement||

    Heaven forbid we actually acknowledge that black people naturally grow curly green hair.

  • Suki||

    Something that will never leave the club scene, I am afraid.

  • Rich||

    Walgreens officials said they received a few complaints.

    Too bad this doesn't work with congress's "gifts".

  • ||

    Oompa Loompa, do-ba-dee-doo,
    I’ve got a perfect puzzle for you.
    Oompa Loompa, do-ba-dee-dee,
    If you are wise you’ll listen to me.
    What do you get when you guzzle down sweets?
    Eating as much as an elephant eats.
    What are you at getting terribly fat?
    What do you think will come of that?
    I don't like the look of it
    Oompa Loompa do-ba-dee-da,
    Given good manners you will go far.
    You will live in happiness too,
    Like the oompa loompa do-ba-dee-doo.
    Do-ba-dee-doo

  • Warty||

    Come back, joe!

    ...no, wait. Fuck joe.

  • Johnny Longtorso||

    Joe waits dreaming.

    Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Joe R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn

  • ||

    Best unintentionally funny gag gift ever.

  • ||

    Chia Obama? Nothing says respect like having your own Chia product.

  • Kroneborge||

    The Chia company has to be run by a conservative, or a libertarian, lol

    when I first saw these commericials I thought maybe it was an SNL skit, rofl

  • Lexicon||

    I think it was! IIRC, Chia came out with the original generic "Chia Head" after SNL did a spoof commercial -- this was years ago.

  • ||

    Can't believe I'm the first to point out the resemblance to vintage Dennis Rodman

  • Shecatch22||

    LOL, I love that thing! I'd buy it!

  • Bill||

    This is a repeat of what happened earlier this year, when Walgreens put these things on the shelf, as the article mentions. I recall seeing it in the news then and thinking how stupid it was. I could *almost* (almost) see people thinking, "well that's sorta disrespectful of the president," but the complaint that it's somehow racist is just as hollow as the chia head. But the news at the time did show some people saying they thought it racist. I got the impression these were the sort of people who would find pretty much anything racist if you asked them, though.

  • ||

    I got the impression these were the sort of people who would find pretty much anything racist if you asked them, though.

    Your suggestion that people will blindly call anything and everything racist is clearly racist!

  • ||

    Your suggestion that people will blindly call anything and everything racist is clearly racist is even MORE racist.

  • Suki||

    You are the most racist of us all and for that, I am getting two of those Chiabamas

  • ||

    I didn't know black people had such small noses.

  • Hugh Akston||

    Alls I know is no one ever made a Chia James Garfield.

  • Mike||

    Personally I prefer a Chia Chester A. Arthur. Watch that mustache grow!

  • Suki||

    Chia Jimmy Carter? Instead of a pellet gun I would use the new shotgun for that one.

  • ||

    "RAAAAAAAAACIST!"

    People are so stupid.

    Glad I got mine when they were first available. Perfect for catnip.

  • ||

    CVS and Walgreens are not the last step before a black an illicit market.

    Some web-retailers are gonna take every last dollar that CVS/WG refused to accept.

    So get out there and show your patriotism: BUY FROM ENTREPRENEURS

  • Q||

  • Suki||

    Yes We Can! We are the people we have been waiting for!

  • Mr. Oogie Boogie||

    You know what ruins Christmas? Stores pushing Christmas gift ideas in fucking September.

    Yo, fuck the ever-expanding Christmas shopping season. You too, Santa, you fat fuck.

  • Suki||

    But it is October now, so it's cool, right?

    BTW, should Christmas, FL. change their name 364 days per year?

  • ||

    No, they should change their name 365 days a year. Santa Claus, Indiana too.

  • ||

    Damn, I'm not the only one on the planet outside of Santa Claus, Indiana, that knows there is a Santa Claus, Indiana. Amazing.

  • ||

    And speaking of Congress, while Al D'Amato, Jesse Helms and Strom Thurmond are mildly amusing as the Chairmen of various committees, I miss the Democrats that were in charge. Especially Joe Biden. And Joe Biden's head. Tracking the progress of his plug job was like watching time-lapse photography of a chia pet.

    Don Imus, Radio/TV Correspondents Association Annual Dinner, 1996

  • ||

    I knew Obama was incredibly accomplished, but I didn't know he was a Shakespearean actor to boot.

  • ||

    I'm buying 2 dozen Chiabamis and giving everyone on my Christmas list one. It doesn't look anything like him. Just imagine if it had life size Obama ears, how big a fro would it have to grow to hide those ears.

  • highnumber||

    I was sent one somewhat mysteriously. I documented its growth and death and the resolution of the mystery for my facebook friends. I'm pretty sure it was the highlight of their year.

  • Suki||

    Naga sent you one but didn't send me one?

    NAGA!

  • ||

    I wonder if we can still find the chia chimp of Bush for the holidays.

  • ||

    Oh wow, serious collectors item!!! Man, I wish I had gotten one.

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