Sunday, September 16, 2007

Golliwogs Lose out this Time

Golliwogs have survived past challenges in both Britain and Australia but not this time. Report from Kenilworth in Warwickshire (central England):

"This week we feature a resident who found himself somewhat amazed when he came across a gift shop in the town selling Golliwogs. Offence was taken and he accused the shop of being racist for including the toys on the shelves. The man, who did not want to be named, said that Brambles was "risking its reputation" by stocking what he called "a profound symbol of racism and intolerance".

The Smalley Place shop was selling a five and a half inch high soft toy key ring for 2.99 pounds and a smaller plastic golliwog pen at 1.99 in the style of the rag-doll like character created by Florence Kate Upton in the late 19th century.

These products have now been withdrawn from sale after the owners were asked about the toys and informed of the resident's concerns. The shop owners were shocked that someone had taken offence.


The fact that the protest succeeded this time may show that intolerance is on the increase.

There was another incident last May, near Manchester, England, in which police ordered golliwogs out of a window display but they did not forbid selling the Gollies.