Sweden: Store Removes 'Racist' Dolls
Posted on: 2007-11-29 11:46:21
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Stockholm's most prestigious department store, Nordiska Kompaniet (NK), has had to remove a set of black ragdolls from its Christmas window display after receiving a number of complaints from concerned customers.
A visit to NK's Christmas displays has been a part of Stockholmers' staple holiday traditions ever since 1915. This year's theme was “A dream Christmas”. Puppies, dragons and polar bears danced side-by-side with sugar plum fairies and... what appeared to be golliwogs.
When the windows were first available for public consumption on Sunday, one featured three of the black dolls emerging from a Christmas package.
"The company that does our window displays gets a lot of its stock from Germany," NK spokeswoman Sofie Stenbeck told The Local.
"They went there to buy the dolls. But they ended up getting a lot of e-mails from customers, who said that the dolls looked like golliwogs," she added.
A golliwog is a black ragdoll that was originally a literary character created by English author and illustrator Florence Kate Upton in the late 19th century.