Via The Daily Mail
A doll shop in Australia has withdrawn a female golliwog soft toy from its prominent window display to avoid offending the Oprah Winfrey roadshow Down Under.
The store in Melbourne, Victoria, removed the ‘Mamee’ washer woman dolls following a visit by Oprah’s production company ahead of a personal appearance by the popular 56-year-old U.S. talk show host.
Golliwogs are deeply offensive because of their perceived links to slavery and racism.
But the Dafel Dolls and Bears shop in Block Arcade – where 110 of Oprah’s guests will attend a cocktail party tonight – will continue to display other golliwogs which do not cast a black figure in such an overtly servile image.
The store owner declined to comment because she had signed a confidentiality agreement with Harpo productions, but confirmed a meeting had taken place.
‘Oprah’s people came… and yes it was discussed,’ a source familiar with the agreement told Melbourne’s Herald Sun newspaper. Continue Reading….
So let me get this straight the doll is being removed only because OPRAH IS ROLLING IN TO TOWN. The owner isn’t bothered about upsetting/offending the average black person that enters the store, she is only bothered about offending the big O.
And once the Big O has left the building out come the mammy washer women golliwog dolls – back up on the shelves!
*shaking my head*
All I can do right now is laugh.