For lack of a better word, offensive, would be saying the least about a picture portraying President Barack Obama and the first lady as apes.

A Belgian newspaper is being criticized for running the accused racist picture along with an article published shortly before Obama's visit to the Netherlands Monday.

A Nigerian author tweeted a photo of the spread, which was reportedly a "satirical piece" that also joked about Obama selling marijuana.

The newspaper even went as far as to package the photos as if Russian President Vladimir Putin had sent them in with a message reading:

"Vladimir Putin is the president of Russia. He sent us this attachment at our request, and we chose to send pictures instead of text 'because he doesn't have a lot of time."

The Belgian publication has since apologized for the poorly contrived joke admitting it was of "bad taste".

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