NEW YORK (AP) – Mayor Michael Bloomberg says a New York City fried chicken restaurant named after President Obama could probably find a more appropriate name.

The mayor was asked Wednesday about the controversy surrounding the Brooklyn eatery. Community activists say the manager of Obama Fried Chicken told them he would change the name because of its racial overtones, but now says it will stay.

Mohammad Jabbar says the name was chosen as a tribute to the president. The restaurant is in Brownsville, a predominantly black neighborhood.

Activist Kevin McCall says the name is “very offensive to African Americans.” Another protest is planned for Saturday.

The White House says the administration disapproves of using the president’s name and likeness for commercial purposes.


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