Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Historic figurines incorrect
A site mainly into selling women's clothing got a bit adventurous and stubbed its toe on the American Left's hypersensitivity to anything to do with race.
Here’s the thing, Anthropologie: If we’re going to shell out big bucks, say, $398 on an overpriced candlestick, we want it racism-free.
The company recently had a bit of mud on its face for selling “one of a kind” candlesticks, one of which happened to feature not one, but two racially insensitive figurines.
Anthropologie was selling the Trinket & Treasure Candlestick for almost $400 with a picture that showed a candlestick with a bunch of figurines stacked on top of each other. Let’s see, there’s JFK, and a picture of an Alaska house and… a Mammy figurine? Followed by a stereotypical Asian. Oof.
That item is now being listed as no longer available online after the media got its teeth into Anthroplogie last night
The candlestick is just old-fashioned, which was presumably the idea. A "Mammy" image is a traditional part of American culture and the type of Asian depiction was also once common.
No comment on what sort of person would shell out so much for such junk.
UPDATE: OK. I'm a Philistine who knows nothing about art. That candlestick will probably be worth a million dollars sometime in the future. It's possible.