Black rag dolls that included guidelines to “discover a wall” and knock the toy against it have been pulled from 3 stores after customers and a legislator said they stank.
The “Feel Better Doll” featured instructions to “whack” the doll “whenever things do not go well and you wish to hit the wall and yell.”
The president of One Dollar Zone said roughly 1,000 dolls were pulled this week from its store in Bayonne and two others likewise in New Jersey.
The dolls were made from black material with yarn hair of red, green, black and yellow in the design of dreadlocks, and featured big white eyes and a white smile.
State Assemblywoman Angela McKnight, a Democrat whose district consists of Bayonne, called the dolls “offending” and “improper” after seeing a post on social networks.
Bayonne Mayor Jimmy Davis said in a Facebook post that the dolls were “insensitive” and “can definitely be considered racist.”
One Dollar Zone President Ricky Shah apologized for the dolls’ look in the shops and said they were pulled Monday after somebody published images online. The Paterson-based business didn’t effectively examine a large lot of products it had actually gotten before dispersing them to shops, he said.
” This in some way slipped through the cracks,” he said.
The dolls were included in a delivery of about 35,000 pieces of closeout merchandise, Shah said, mostly with an “I Love NY” style, including mugs and photo frames.
The supplier that delivered the order provided to credit One Dollar Zone for the expense of the dolls, Shah said.
The dolls’ producer, the Harvey Hutter Co., couldn’t be reached at several telephone number and e-mail addresses at its area just north of New York City. Shah forwarded an e-mail from supplier International Memento Marketing specifying that the business is no longer in organisation. Worldwide Keepsake Marketing did not react to an email seeking comment Friday.
One Dollar Zone runs more than two dozen shops in the northeastern U.S. from Massachusetts to Pennsylvania.