Monday, October 20, 2014

Golliwog furore again:  Blacks must not be seen as cuddly, apparently

An online retailer which was caught selling vulgar Jimmy Savile T shirts has sparked fury by selling a selection of golliwog goods.

The items, including T shirts, duvet covers, pillow cases and cushions have been branded as ‘deeply offensive racist paraphernalia’ by campaigners who have urged the site to remove them.

The merchandise, which range in price from £1 stickers to the £58 duvet cover, were discovered for sale via on-line community and marketplace Redbubble.

Lee Jasper, a British race relations activist, told MailOnline: ‘It remains an offensive caricature of the African slaves entertaining other slaves on a plantation.


The original golliwog was a children's soft toy, which children would cuddle affectionately.  It was seen as a friendly and cheerful character -- so insofar as it resembles Africans it is compliment to them.  I had a golliwog myself when I was about 4 in the 1940s


Anonymous said...

There is an arcade in Melbourne that still sells golliwogs and I believe that Oprah Winfrey visited and wasn't offended. These are just arsehole out to destroy somebody's livelihood.

Bird of Paradise said...

And Little Black Sambo don't anyone miss those Sambos Restruants?

Olaf Koenders said...

Soooo.. They're gonna try and ban beachgoers getting a tan sometime too?

Will it become racist for your skin to go brown in the Sun?

I can't wait! The sooner this insipid anti-racism garbage is seen for the anti-free speech (everything) it is, the sooner it's binned.