A Belgian newspaper has apologized after outcry over an image depicting President Barack Obama and the First Lady with their faces photoshopped to look like apes.

The image appeared in Flemish newspaper De Morgen’s Saturday edition in a satire section called “The Obama Herald.”

From Al Jazeera:

The image was printed alongside another that implies President Obama sells marijuana. […] The paper joked that Russian President Vladimir Putin sent in the photos. The controversy comes ahead of an official visit by President Obama to Belgium. He is scheduled to arrive in Brussels Tuesday.

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The apology came from editors of the paper, and appeared in an article entitled, “Is De Morgen Racist?”.

The editors referred to the image as a tasteless joke and stated that they “wrongly assumed that racism is not longer accepted, and that in this way it could be the subject of a joke.”

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