POLITICS
02/27/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Drunken Negro Cookies: New York Baker's Offensive Obama Tribute

Lafayette French Bakery, a pastry shop in New York's Greenwich Village, started selling "Drunken Negro Face" cookies on Martin Luther King Day in 'honor' of President Obama.

One customer told My Fox NY that store owner Ted Kefalinos said to her, "Would you like some drunken negro heads to go with your coffee? They're in honor of our new president. He's following in the same path of Abraham Lincoln; he will get his."

Kefalinos spoke with Gothamist, and denied suggesting that Obama would be assassinated. However, he saw nothing wrong with the cookies themselves.

Later, he apologized to the New York Daily News.

"I'm sorry that people were offended by the cookie. We were just trying to make a large number of people happy, and instead we made a large number of people confused and angry."

In a followup interview with My Fox NY, Kefalinos said he had been getting death threats over the cookies. Watch: