Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Golliwog dolls still for sale at Australian sweet shop

A BRISBANE lolly shop has come under fire after announcing they’re still selling Golliwog dolls despite complaints that they are racist and offensive.

Aboriginal man Ben Wilson, from the Jagera people, said he noticed the dolls on display at Candy Time at Westfield Carindale when visiting family in the area last week and was offended they were for sale.

He complained to the store attendant and Candy Time’s head office. “I was absolutely appalled to see these dolls on display,” he said.

“These dolls do not only offend Aboriginal people such as myself, but a number of different races from all over the globe.”

Candy Time owner Tanya Jones said the dolls, made by Australian company Elka, were faithful to the traditional doll.  “People buy them because they love them,” Mrs Jones said. “They think they are beautiful and why can’t they be beautiful?”

“A lot of people get misinformed about the dolls’ heritage and I think it is sad that people in society have turned something that is loving to something that has this stigma ... to something hateful.

“As a company, we stand by the sentiment that these dolls originated from love and people adore them for how beautiful they are.

“We have the occasional person who comes in and says they are about black slavery or American slavery and that’s not true. That has nothing to do with this doll.”

Mrs Jones said the store had carried the dolls for the past two years and were popular children’s gifts.



Spurwing Plover the fighting shorebird said...

And the whining continues just like the enegizer bunny they keep on going and going and going and going

Anonymous said...

I think they are cute and if I ever visit Australia (on my bucket list), I'm going to get one!


Anonymous said...

Why would they offend Aboriginal people?
Its an entirely different enthnicity - would a warbonnet offend Aboriginal people too, just because they are another 'oppressed' community?

Stan B said...

Anon 8:13PM - Given the prevalence of "offense by proxy," I would have to say YES.

Spurwing Plover the fighting shorebird said...

Liberals are so pathetic they need to read their Horrorscope's before they leave home

Anonymous said...

Don't like it ? Don't buy it. Problem solved.

Arctic Tern said...

Anon 9:19 The trouble with liberals is if there is something they don't like they want to ban it