Wednesday, October 21, 2009

astonishingly racist news of the day

From Snopes: Costco pulled a racially offensive "Cuddle With Me" doll from its store.

(Thanks, AlisaC!)

ETA: What makes this most interesting to me is that the "monkey" doll was available as any of the traditional racial groups.

6 comments:

  1. That implies cluelessness rather than malice to me, but still, that's a lot of cluelessness.

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  2. I would love to know how the reasoning went. Were pandas first, and then they thought of monkeys?

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  3. I was trying to find out more about the company that makes "Cuddle with me Dolls" and ended up finding this instead:

    http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2009/04/oreo-barbie.html

    Oy.

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  4. Oy, indeed!

    I'm beginning to see a pattern here: Intending to be inclusive, companies create dolls in versions for several races. The white monkey and oreo dolls are fine, but the black ones aren't. Is the solution no monkeys or oreos for anyone? Whites can have monkeys and oreos, but blacks have to have goldfish and dingdongs?

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  5. Unless the company wants to be called "astonishingly racist" on the internet, yes.

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  6. CC, yeah, I agree. I think we're in pre-post-racial America, where folks still have to say "Li'l Monkey" on a black baby's headband just is not right, no matter how you got there.

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