A New Jersey homeowner’s Halloween display, unveiled on Sept. 11, is causing outrage among his neighbors for depicting President Obama as an Islamic State soldier and seeming to glorify the terrorist organization, though he said his intention is the opposite.
The display includes a machete wielding figure, a figure representing the Jordanian pilot who was burned alive wearing an orange jumpsuit in a cage, a hanging effigy of a U.S. soldier, bloody mannequin body parts strewn across the lawn, and even a mannequin of President Obama as an ISIS soldier.
“We choose to be on the spookier side of Halloween,” homeowner Bill D’Catt, who along with his roommate devised the display, told CBS 2 NY. “You know what’s scarier than this thing? The real ISIS.”
He said that, contrary to what many neighbors think, his display stands in opposition to ISIS.
“This is an anti-ISIS setup here. In no way is it meant to put down America in any sort of way,” he said.
The Obama figure in particular caused a big outrage in the neighborhood.
“I think it was a momentary kind of, ‘Let’s put the [Obama] mask on him,’ and then the mask came off,” he said.
“We didn’t mean to offend anybody,” D’Catt told CBS.
But offend they did.
“I don’t support it,” a neighbor told CBS. “I don’t think a lot of other neighbors do.”
“It really created a huge uproar,” neighbor Barbara Victor added.
D’Catt said that even though they have removed the display, they intend to erect it again for the day and night of Halloween.
ISIS Halloween display featuring hanging soldier, terrorist in Obama mask sparks outrage… http://t.co/GXpzXNuQvN pic.twitter.com/eUWlFagvSz
— PolitiWeek ® (@PolitiWeek) October 10, 2015
Anti-ISIS Halloween decorations featuring a terrorist wearing an Barack Obama mask #iraq http://t.co/8zjgrop8il pic.twitter.com/J1lz4tcakY
— Iraq Happenings (@iraqhappenings) October 10, 2015
Obama world-Homeowner in NJ has a Halloween display depicting ISIS figurines beheading US Soldiers @POTUS @RDannely pic.twitter.com/qLl9rUQrp0
— @Washington411 (@JohnMahr23) October 10, 2015
Video: Neighbors find anti-ISIS Halloween display offensive http://t.co/E9l4VXUVn9 pic.twitter.com/PrwDmuoH0K
— WTAE-TV Pittsburgh (@WTAE) October 10, 2015
Racism running a muck http://t.co/H6XXRpVrWk See this story and shake your head. #BlackLivesMatter
— J.D. Green (@Cybts1) October 9, 2015
Tasteless? Hardly I call it raising awareness good job citizens!!! http://t.co/rIzQkYWZRS Dano
— LiberalsRlying (@LiberalsRlying) October 10, 2015
I would say he is making a statement with this Halloween setup http://t.co/SM7p4ro7s3
— Bryan G (@circlecast) October 10, 2015
http://t.co/aPC5RQnWUv #ExceptionalUSA who would put this out for kids to see when trick or treating?
— aka M.T.POKKITS (@still_les) October 10, 2015
sick… just sick http://t.co/WVzhjcfPFM
— Im Arnie Keena (@Im__ArnieKeena) October 10, 2015
@DailyMail @MailOnline This is horrible.
— AnneBoleyn1 (@AnneBoleyn1) October 10, 2015
.@DailyMail The flag code violation notwithstanding, ISIS atrocities & Obama as one of the barbarians he supports are very scary.
— High Horse (@CharlesHamerle) October 10, 2015
@DailyMail @MailOnline This is what the price of freedom paid for? A family so sick they would actually put this SHIT out on their lawn.
— ¹ԼastHopę (@coolpapad) October 10, 2015
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