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If it's that racially insensitive, they probably shouldn't be selling these at all!

Oprah Winfrey's trip to Australia has allegedly brought attention to a "racist" doll being sold down under, and caused the shop owners to withdraw them from display!

The talk show hostess is schedule to attend a cocktail party at The Dafel Dolls and Bears Shop in Melbourne, but when representatives from Harpo Productions arrived for a preliminary interview, they noticed that one of the golliwog style doll, dressed as a "Mamee" washer woman, was politically incorrect, and allegedly asked for it to be removed!

The store's owner claims to have signed a confidentiality agreement that bans him from talking about the situation, but did reveal:

"Oprah's people came…and yes it was discussed."

Wow!

If it's that racially insensitive, they probably shouldn't be selling these at all!

Check out a picture of the doll in question (above)!

What do U think?? Is it racist??

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115 comments to “Australian Store Pulls Racially Insensitive Doll In Anticipation Of The Big O's Visit!”

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  1. 1

    I personally think it's cute.



  2. 2

    All I've gotta say is: If it's that racially insensitive, they probably shouldn't be selling these at all! lol



  3. 3

    OMG, People seriously need to get over the whole racism thing. I swear anything black is racist. Get the fuck over it, no one cares anymore.



  4. 4

    Honestly what isn't insensitive these days. Can we say,do, talk, or look at anything anymore…. I don't have people running around for me making sure that I dare not be offended. Eye of the beholder, needs a grain of salt



  5. 5

    if it was made out of white fabric i doubt it would look insensitive at all…



  6. 6

    This doll just show how far they haven't come! I am so not offended by these things. You know what they say "some just have to pick on someone else to make them feel better about themselves." Ah whatever! I bet they took them down since the color of money doesn't matter as long as it's green. That's when they get color blind. And Oprah a lot of green! Such asses…



  7. 7

    Like to add that i am black and it really annoys me when Black people call each other n***ers but get offended when a white person says it??? I dont take offence to anything because i know the majority of people arent being racist, its just a fact of life. this is the 21st century, get a grip people, no one is judging you on your colour. its not 'cos your black'.



  8. 8

    It looks a lot like Oprah.

  9. Emjay says – reply to this


    9

    I am from Australia. Whilst these may be considered offensive and i can see how they could be - to many Australians they are not. Golliwogs (the name of the dolls) are a long time tradition. Originally based on a book from the 60's. They are sold all around Australia and indeed other parts of the world. So i understand the point made and the feelings that can come with that - others need to be aware of other traditions.



  10. 10

    I think it's racist that people won't let a shop sell a doll that is black.



  11. 11

    Re: Emjay – This isn't really a golliwog doll though is it? They usually have a bit more of a minstrel look about them don't they? With the white circles round the eyes? But then I've only seen one golliwog doll that my nan has, I find it funny black people would find it offensive, cos I think you'd have to be a seriously weird looking black person to look like a golliwog :S



  12. 12

    I agree with Snatchquatch, I think its really cute! lol
    I'd buy it.

    But I do see why it would be offensive to some considering the controversial image the doll is portraying.



  13. 13

    The Golliwog is from a book series and is very popular. It is not racist. One could say Black Barbies or racist or that barbie in general put a poor image of what a woman should aspire to be. Its cute so let it be. I am sure Oprah collects Black dolls herself. I hear black lawn jockey's are rare and go for a lot of money. We need to move past things like this. Stop trying to be Politically correct and just let sleeping dogs lie.



  14. 14

    Re: Mrs_Rob_Pattinson – That's a ridiculous statement to make.

    I, do agree with your point about the N-word. No one should say it; however, you are totally off base with your last comment.

    There is still a lot of true racism out there, and I see it all the time. The problem is that people–and the media in large part– get so caught up in the dumbest and most trivial race matters while ignoring whats really going on.

    In the end, everyone ends up annoyed and tired of the whole topic even though the true issues haven't been discussed.

    America's definition of race-talk is "Oh my God, some irrelevant radio woman used the N-Word. Lets focus on this for 2 months."



  15. 15

    Re: Mrs_Rob_Pattinson – Using the N word is offensive rather a black person or a white person is saying it. A lot of blacks have stopped using it for that reason. You are not very smart if you don't think people still hate people because of the color of there skin. Stop watching Twilight and learn what's really going on in the world.

  16. morri says – reply to this


    16

    the doll has been arounf longer the oprah has…. here in aus most of us think this is a joke…. political correctness is out of control, the other day i said something way super gay and a lady got pissy at me for using the word gay in a negotive conotation…. I AM GAY seriously the world needs to lighten the F up…. on an @emjay your not allowed to call the dolls golliewogs anymore, then even changed the names of the bickies i think they are now called scally wags



  17. 17

    Re: Mrs_Rob_Pattinson – Some people do still judge others on skin colour. Unfortunately there are still a lot of racist/sexist/homophobic people.

    Not saying everything is always offensive, but please don't over-simplify.



  18. 18

    Australia has EVERY SINGLE RACE known on our country! Yet when there is a black doll people get offended? These dolls have a history, however racists you think it is, quote ""Golliwogg" was a character in children's books in the late 19th century and depicted as a type of rag doll. It was reproduced, both by commercial and hobby toy-makers as a children's toy called the "golliwog", and had great popularity in North America, the United Kingdom, Europe and Australia, into the 1960s" People who look at the doll and think its racist is just looking for something to cry over.



  19. 19

    Maybe people in Aussie think Oprah would be offended, but I don't think a lot of African-Americans would be. I know a lot who collect these type of these things.



  20. 20

    it's not racist…it's a stereotype….BIG DIFFERENCE



  21. 21

    I just want to say that I live in Australia and although this does create somewhat of a negative image towards the country, it is very misrepresentative of our culture and the things we choose to sell.



  22. 22

    If you read the story correctly, it was Oprah's representatives that said Oprah may be offended.
    The aussie's would not have even thought about it.
    Golliwogs are sold all over Australia ( and the world ) and children of all races play with them! They are cute and not racist. I think that word is over used these days!



  23. 23

    It looks like a slave…not cool



  24. 24

    Huh?? These doll types are sold in Louisiana by black (and non-black) people everywhere as part of their own culture. They are also used in Voodoo ceremonies. I've seen them in shops being sold by people of all colors. What is the problem? I've seen dolls such as this as well as pottery and handmade wood items painted similarly.
    __________
    The whole "offended" issue is tearing the peoples of the world apart. There is no reason for sensitivity to escalate to such ridiculous levels.



  25. 25

    i am so sick of blacks whining and complaining..go to africa and help the horrible situation there, stop whining over nothing.



  26. 26

    Can depicting history be considered racist? Call me out if I'm wrong, but to me ignoring oppression that happened in the past is even worse!



  27. 27

    We have a gollie, that is what they are called in the u.k. The website is gollieworld I think. Mine is a male gollie, with suit jacket and pinstripe pants, very awesome. My three kids love him and I had them growing up, they are just dolls for crying out loud. Lets get upset about how many kids go to school without breakfast rather than crap on a doll.



  28. 28

    I think its actually insulting to Australians, Golliwog dolls have a proud history in this country, my grandmother had one when she was little, my mother and aunt had their own golliwogs, and so did I. It's sad when we're pulling dolls off the shelves to be ”politically correct” So while your children grow up being sung ”baa baa rainbow sheep” my child will be playing with a golliwog. Enjoy.



  29. 29

    Too bad. The toy is actually adorable. But if it offends people then I guess it doesn't matter how cute it is



  30. 30

    I think it's adorable I want one!



  31. 31

    Re: nyalan – I would be just as lost in Africa as you would be. I was born here in America I have no kinship with Africa. You can just as easily take your azz to africa and help out too, there are whites(which i'm believe u are)in africa as well. I didn't see where anyone complained, Perez asked a question.
    While I don't believe this doll to be racist, I do find it to be a racially insensitive sterotype. Hence the removing of it upon Oprah's arrival, they know it's offensive. Ignorant comments like this just make me want to tell you to just STFU!



  32. 32

    I think it's cute. I'm so sick of every single tiny thing being considered racist Get over it,and quit being to damn sensitive over everything already



  33. 33

    People who are not black who happen to make most of the things we consume are very happy to represent people of colour in many insensitie way. This doll is part of bigger problem, look at models such as Alek Wek whose claim to fame is her dark skin, like she is some freak we must all see. and people who go on about "get over racism" must understand we need to get under it first, we need to have a discourse and address the imbalances then we can "get over it". turn on the tv, or grab a mag right now and tell me how the people of colour , if they are on it, how they are potrayed! its troublesome!

  34. Jai says – reply to this


    34

    A mammy doll, oh honestly Australia it's still acceptable to peddle this racist shit in your country? This grosses me out.



  35. 35

    If I say "Heil Hitler" is that offensive? This is to those of you who don't have a problem with this. If this is OK, then it should be OK for me to say "Heil Hitler" to the Jews whenever I see them, but it's not! Stop with the hypocrisy people. I always find it interesting when "white folk" see one thing as racist and antisemtic but not others. They should pull the damn dolls WTF? why is this OK?



  36. 36

    CENSORSHIP TO ANOTHER LEVEL!
    SHAME ON OPRAH'S TEAM!!!



  37. 37

    Re: Camycam – ok i can understand how it might look bad if the only show you the "washer woman" outfit but golliwogs come with heaps of outfits not just a maids dress



  38. 38

    Re: jones19 – it comes with different outfits you know, not just a 'slave' dress. i used to have a golliwog who wore a princess dress



  39. 39

    it's not racist.



  40. 40

    lol idk i like the doll i think it's cute xDD



  41. 41

    This is not racist. If it was a white doll it wouldn't be racist just because something has a black colored fabric doesn't mean its RACIST people. People are racist for thinking its racist, like what is on THEIR minds when I see it, its a cute doll for a child.



  42. 42

    I've seen Golliwog dolls and this ain't it. To an American (or at least to an American that's aware of its history) that looks like a Mammy doll.

    Aside from that, it is totally cute. I'd buy it (and I'm black just in case you're wondering).



  43. 43

    Re: PrinceD – Apparently not enough black people have stopped using it cause i hear it still used all the time..



  44. 44

    Re: morri – i so agree ;)



  45. 45

    Re: becca1923 – I'm guessing you're a white clueless chick. Only white clueless chicks would make such a stupid comment. you insensitive fucker



  46. 46

    I can't stop laughing at that doll. That doll is evil. I want a dozen of them. How is it racist? There are people that still dress like that today in all colors. Looks more like a mormon to me.



  47. 47

    I think this doll is adorable and much cuter, than the Golliwogs I saw in Australia, when I lived there in the 60's.
    -
    Ridiculous pc crap as usual.
    I would definitely buy this doll and put it right next to my black jockey, holding a latern at my front driveway.



  48. 48

    Why is it racist??? Because its black? i dont get it



  49. 49

    Jesus! Tomorrow, will I be called racist for wearing a black dress in public? These dolls have been around for years and years in the UK- I remember reading about them in my Enid Blyton books as a child, too!

    What about those kimono-wearing dolls with slanty eyes, are those racist too?



  50. 50

    Im a Black chick & I think its cute….Im more offended by the "Rocawear Barbies"!!



  51. 51

    The problem is in Australia we didn't have the same slave culture - I don't even know what you mean by dressed as a "mamee" so it wouldn't offend here. I had a doll growing up dressed similarly that was white. The issue is Americans findit offensive and Americans were visiting and Americans assume the world revolves around them (said with much love)



  52. 52

    I think it's a cute doll, but what the hell are they selling it in Australia for??? It's typically American.



  53. 53

    It's only racist if it pertains to the history of Australia, which it does not. They do not have the black slavery history of America. Jesus, American blacks are so entitled they want to force their supposed superiority on other countries as well.

  54. mar91 says – reply to this


    54

    it's the 21st century for god's sake, i think it's cute, i have one since i was a kid, christmas present from my grandma and I STILL LOVE IT.



  55. 55

    stuff like this completely discredits the argument to be politically correct, we have become way too concerned on being PC and have gone completely overboard opening ridicule to a serious subject



  56. 56

    forget about ho racist it is! the doll is sooo creepy that doll would kill me in my sleep



  57. 57

    I try and be as sensitive as possible. . . but if a cute little doll gets in the way of you living your life with dignity, then grow up. You're putting up walls and limitations in your OWN life.



  58. 58

    it's cute and oprah should just stifle it.



  59. 59

    oh yeah - and oprah was pletny happy to dress up like a black mammee washerwoman for stephen speilberg in "color purple" so again, she should stifle it and stop trying to oprah-ize the world.



  60. 60

    i don't think it's racist or offensive. oprah's peeps should chill on this one.



  61. 61

    You would either have to be black or very culturally aware, and know BLACK history to see why this would be offensive. This is not an entitlement issue this is a respect issue period. I bet if she had a string in her back and when you pull it, it says "yessa massa" i'd bet it be even cuter to huh? SMDH!!!



  62. 62

    oprah can lick my black butthole



  63. 63

    Re: Marcus75YOW – hahhaha, right after Helga187 says "…and Americans assume the world revolves around them (said with much love) " you say "…but what the hell are they selling it in Australia for??? It's typically American."
    Does America have a monopoly on black dolls/characters now? Typical.
    -
    I had gollywogs dolls growing up, and if they are dressed certain ways they can look LIKE a historical stereotype or even look like a doll in a apron and headband (that happens to be black), but dressed other ways they look like a black princess too?

    The only way I would consider this doll racist is if the toy maker had specifically made this doll to represent a black slave, in a maids outfit and the packaging said "Buy your very own black slave woman toy today"



  64. 64

    Only "racially insensitive" to a bunch of uptight whitey Americans that are so afraid of our past treatment of blacks that we have to act like it never existed. Slavery happened, get over it. Personally, i plan to hunt down the store and order a couple dozen for christmas.

    It's for sale in Australia because they aren't afraid of mocking the way Americans treated blacks.



  65. 65

    You wanna se a racially insensitive doll - check out the little black pickaninny doll Marie Osmond gave Oprah.



  66. 66

    You wanna see an image of an insensitive, politically incorrect portrayal of a black woman dressed as a mammy in "slave" clothes - check out Oprah in the movie Beloved when she raises her skirts in the front yard and squats down and pees. The was a very uplifting moment of black pride.



  67. 67

    I don't see the problem…thats how black women were back then, its a part of history, pure and simple, you cant take away history. So now we can't have white guys dressed as soldiers because certain people don't beleive in war or how about barbie because she sets back womens lib?

    fuck i hate oprah



  68. 68

    Re: nyalan – When I hear statements such as these it makes me excited to see that whites will quickly become the extreme minority VERY SOON. Once you have become one of the "little People" where the dominant race can subjugate, and belittle you and then you can listen to them say " take yourself back to Europe" if you don't like their statements and all the other races can sit down and dismiss your frustrations> I look forward to hearing what your perspective will be then. But since I am better than that I can say I know a lot of great people, black, white, jewish, asian and native american so I don't need to be mean-spirited. But we will soon see…



  69. 69

    Re: Lutho Somdyala – great, you made such a wonderful statement



  70. 70

    Re: scoochamenz – Are you serious? Entitled to what? This country was built on the backs of Blacks and Blacks are "ENTITLED"? What land are you from? Whites are the entitled ones… just stop dismissing the shameful history of this country..Stop it..



  71. 71

    I think it needs to be noted that not all 'Golliwogs' were asked to be taken down, only this exact one… Many more were left on display in the store with a note describing the origin of these black dolls. No idea why this particular doll was targeted… Maybe Oprah planned on wearing that outfit to Melbourne…



  72. 72

    Wtf? Are half of these comments really suggesting that this is being called racist just because it's black? Have you all even HEARD of the mammy stereotype? They were fat, loud, and ignorant black women that devoted their lives to loyally serve their white family. The mammy caricature was created to show that black people benefited from slavery just as much as white people.

    I don't know, or care, if it's still offensive, but at least know why it is being called racist.



  73. 73

    Re: GreatGooglyMoogly

    I tan easily and I'm learning Spanish. HAHA!

    Forever in the majority.



  74. 74

    Re: shittin_condoms
    that's how black women were back then?? please stop that thought lol, not every black woman looked like that, there were MANY black women who were not dressed as Mamee's during that time. Generalization such as yours are what made that image dangerous because the minstrel image is what was laughed at. And your analogy with the soldiers and barbies does not equal the history behind this image this doll portrays



  75. 75

    Re: Cattac – THANK YOU



  76. 76

    wow this comments are wild!!! Just dress one up as Hilter and lets see how quick their off the shelves….



  77. 77

    NO it is not racist.



  78. 78

    I think it's cute. Some people are just too sensitive.



  79. 79

    the big O said the Vuitton store in Paris was racist when they would not keep the store open for her after hours……………….



  80. 80

    Um yeah no it's not racially insensitive. I remember the same doll with a pink and white dress and longer dreads to her elbow when I was about 10, I am 28 now. (i still have the doll) I wasn't ever brought up in a racial environment. My parents loved everyone for who they were, not their color. I HAVE a doll like that from when I was a kid and as a white girl with ALL color dolls and friends, I feel that any color appreciated, should be recognized. If a bunch of people favor this doll and it happens to be black and cute and whatever, it shouldn't mater what the color, people like it because they do, they aren't buying it because they're racist SOB's…They're buying it and it's a favorite because it's cute and if someone has a problem with that, they should buy white dolls and not even comment on others. If they don't like what they see, don't look, no ones forcing you. Ughh little minded people.



  81. 81

    Oh well, Barbie must be racist too in order that she is made to "plastic perfection" a huge deal of the white society.



  82. 82

    im laughing too much to respond …



  83. 83

    The politically correct police strike again.
    People are way too fucking sensitive. The doll's not racist.



  84. 84

    I think it is racist to think this doll is racist.



  85. 85

    Re: jones19 – What looks like a slave about it?! (that isn't even historically accurate, btw.) I dress like this! And I'm a 21 year old white woman. Just because she's black and wearing that, it looks like a slave? Now THAT is racist.



  86. 86

    ahh so black dolls are racist, white dolls are not? oh of course how silly I've been *slaps forehead* Seriously, I'm sick of things only being racist when it's white people saying/ doing things against other cultures, yet when white people get shit from other cultures nothing is said about it at all…talk about hypocritical.



  87. 87

    It's a fucking doll people. Geez, I'm sooo fed up with political correctness.



  88. 88

    its being looked at as racist because in american culture the combination of a black face and red lips is known as "blackface" which is meant to be offensive towards black people. on top of the that the doll is dressed like the stereotypical black "mammy" from back in the days. and despite what you people want to believe, there is still those that are racist towards people of color.
    it may not seem to be offensive to those who are not african american or not aware of what"mammy" is but it is meant to be offensive. and oprah being from that states obviously she is going to find it offensive as well.



  89. 89

    The dolls are not offensive because they're black you fools.

    Having seen what a golliwog looks like and to mock and insult black people, way back when, the term 'wog' was created.

    And I can guarantee it wasn't a black person who came up with the name but more than likely a white person to be insultive.

    So before you give it 'cant say anything these days' how about you look a little closer to home before you jump on the bandwagon!

    And the same goes for all the other slurs, look where the originate from and who made them up. Its all well and good saying 'get over it' but if people still continue to use the words to be offensive then people will still continue to take offence. And thats goes for any slur and any race!



  90. 90

    Re: MaryAlice – uhm if you have a white character that potrays a racist sterotype towards whites and then was made into doll form then obviously it would be racist.

    that is why this doll is racist…because it potrays "mammy" a racist stereotype of a older black female mother in southern slave times.



  91. 91

    Okay folks, this is getting no where… For those of you who have this golliwog doll or find it cute please research the history of this caricature. Some of you have mentioned that this doll comes from a children's story by Florence Kate Upton. This is true. But do any of you also know where the inspiration for the character comes from? I won't say because this is a great opportunity to learn from the past and make connections between races as opposed to getting defensive and remaining ignorant. Sometimes all of the hoopla is for the right reasons…



  92. 92

    How is that insensitive, I have a doll just like it… And you can flip it the skirt and there is another doll with white fabric… I am sure my doll changes everything because they are equals… :S How stupid is that? Its a freakin doll (point)



  93. 93

    Its called a gollywog, and they are banned here in the uk! I don't think its what they look like that is the problem, it is what they intend to represent.



  94. 94

    i like the doll Oprahs black she should love it hehe shes dumb



  95. 95

    The doll is only black doll like there are chinese ones or white ones - if the world thinks this is racist and this are our only problems, we could be really proud - WTF???



  96. 96

    Re: sNaTcHqUaTcH – I know, me too. I think it's darling :)



  97. 97

    I'm more upset by the name "Mamee" than I am by the actual design. Put the two together and we have a problem though

  98. navik says – reply to this


    98

    i do not see anything wrong with it !!



  99. 99

    I think the doll is so cute.



  100. 100

    oh… and I do not see the connection between oprah and the doll.

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