Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Uhm Really?

I'd really appreciate it if whoever keeps hitting the button on my time machine STOPS. These Quantum leaps are giving me headaches, and stress up the wazzohhhhh. Not to mention I like 2009, and according to the news media we are ALL POST-RACIAL right? WRONG!!!!!!!!!!

This article was shared on facebook by a friend and I thought I'd get your thoughts on it.....

Costco Pulls Offensive "Lil' Monkey" Doll Off Shelves (YES that says LIL MONKEY DOLL)

GREENSBORO, N.C. - A baby doll found at a local Costco store has been pulled from store shelves following complaints from customers complaining it is offensive.

According to Costco representatives, a Greensboro customer filed complaints about the offensive doll and the company pulled the product from stores.

The product is a doll called the "Cuddle with Me" baby doll manufactured by a company called BrassKey Keepsakes. The controversy stemmed from the black version of the doll which is surrounded by monkeys and wears a hat labeled "Lil' Monkey," while the white version is surrounded by pandas and wears a hat labeled "Pretty Panda."

Costco's corporate office says when they received complaints from John Taylor and other shoppers about the doll, store employees pulled the product from store shelves immediately.

According to a Costco corporate employee, a chain letter demanding the stores remove product number 404860 also prompted the company to take action.

Costco's Vice President of General Administration, Arthur Jackson said, "We offer our sincere apology to anyone who was offended by the product. That was surely never our intent."

Mary Gustaff, CEO of BrassKey Keepsakes, said the company offers a sincere apology to customers.

"It's so unfortunate because now it's being portrayed as a purposeful act to be disrespectful and that's not true. We really apologize," said Gustaff

When Ferguson asked Gustaff if she thought the dolls could be viewed as offensive, Gustaff responded: "We don't think in that way. We don't operate in that kind of thinking. We have a really diverse family-operated company that's been around for 28 years. What would we have to gain for heaven's sake?"

Greensboro Costco Manager James Stafford says the store carried both black and white dolls packaged with monkeys. A spokesperson with Costco's corporate office did not confirm the information.

Costco said all versions of the doll have been returned to the vendor. 

 ok so MAYBE,JUST MAYBE they had no intentions to offend Black people.....wait I don't believe that as I type it. This is one of the oldest stereotypes in the book and they didn't think that Black people that came across the doll would be up in arms, that's just stupidity on their part.  And why is it when a company gets busted they have a million answers, starting with "We don't operate like that"....uhm clearly you do or I would be asleep not wondering what the people on your board were thinking when they approved the sale of a black doll with Lil Monkey on its hat.

So what say you blogsphere?  



12kyle said...

we'll keep seeing stuff like this until we hit em where it hurts...in the pockets.

they didn't mean to offend? yeah right! don't piss on me and then tell me that it's raining...

The Jaded NYer said...

I just had to laugh at this. You know why? Because the outright/blatant disregard... you know what? I'd rather know who my enemies are anyway. So Costco, keep it coming... and PS- you've lost me as a potential customer.

*gets application for BJs instead*

The F$%K it List said...

@12Kyle You're right, have to talk with our wallets and STOP supporting people that are disrespecting our communities.

@Jaded I like knowing who my enemies are but DAMN. To think Costco has all those yummy delicious treats too. Well BJ's is my friend now.