In response to the controversy over a Zombie-target resembling President Obama that was displayed at the National Rifle Association's annual meeting this weekend, Zombie Industries released a statement to msnbc explaining that they sell the product in part to prove that they do not "discriminate against African-Americans." The said, "any resemblance to actual persons (living or dead), events or locales is entirely coincidental."
The model in question, known as "Rocky Zombie," was on display at the NRA convention until Sunday when event organizers requested it be removed, according to a report from Buzzfeed.
While the company insists that any resemblance is "coincidental," one of its employees told the Buzzfeed reporter, "Let's just say I gave my Republican father one for Christmas," when asked whether or not the resemblance was intentional.
The full statement from Zombie Industries:
“Zombie Industries realizes that the Zombie virus can affect any living creature regardless of race, gender, religion, ethnic background, or species. The Zombie virus does not discriminate and neither does Zombie Industries. We take preparation for the Zombie Apocalypse seriously, which is why we strive to have all groups of undead monsters represented in our product selection. In addition to the African-American Zombie, named Rocky, we currently sell 15 other zombies including 5 animals zombies & 2 aliens… to discriminate against African-Americans by not having them represented in our product selection would be just plain racist. All Zombie Industries’ products are fictitious characters and works of fiction. Names, characters, stories, places and incidents are products of the author’s imagination and are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual persons (living or dead), events or locales is entirely coincidental. Zombie Industries is sorry if anyone takes offense to any of our products, but we also have a responsibility to our customers to provide the best possible products to help them prepare for the Zombie Apocalypse.”