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Costco Pulls Offensive "Lil' Monkey" Doll Off Shelves - wtvr

There are 213 comments on the WTVR story from Aug 13, 2009, titled Costco Pulls Offensive "Lil' Monkey" Doll Off Shelves - wtvr. In it, WTVR reports that:

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

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Paula

Tracy, CA

#1 Oct 21, 2009
I am cancelling my costco membership and returning items back to costco. Obviously, this is racism! I will shop elsewhere.
Melvin

Weems, VA

#2 Oct 21, 2009
All I can say is that when I was a young kid (long time ago), my father would often call me his 'lil monkey' in a loving way. I did not know of racism at that time. I don't think my father was being a racist and really did not even hear that term (racist) back in those days. I think that some people are just looking for the opportunity to label someone a racist. From what I can see, the biggest and most racist individual we have today is our own President. His remarks on national TV about the arrest of the college professor without knowing all the details displayed a deep and troubling view of a true racist. His example makes it even more likely that others will follow in his footsteps. It ia a sorry time that we are living in. By the way, I am Black and proud of it. If you are Black and proud of that fact, then you won't be seeing everything as racism. It is only when one is thinking of us blacks as inferior that we see racism in everything around us. Wake up Americans, let us get this thing out of our minds and realize that we are all the same. There is no doubt more racisn from the black community toward the white community than there is white against black. There i have spoken. Lets get over this thing!!!
t robinson

Pottstown, PA

#3 Oct 21, 2009
where is the picture of the white doll
Phyllis

United States

#4 Oct 22, 2009
Melvin, this pure racism, I don't care how you view it or what your father called is doesn't make it right. And no, black do not look at everything as racism. This monkey calling goes back many years ago. The bottom line, black were refer to as monkies and Tarzan that swing on trees. Those need to be remove from the shelves. There is no excuse. It's call appropriate and sensitivity. When you get over it, we will get over.
sheena mcquire

Chesterfield, VA

#5 Oct 22, 2009
I think its pretty damn funny if u ask me,they can call us crackers and get away with it,but we make a doll about them and calling them monkeys,is wrong,seems like 2 sides to every story
Meekel

Maryville, TN

#6 Oct 23, 2009
Why didn't they show the white one? Everyone is so full of rage these days. Outrage over things that are ridiculous. I'm sure that doll is made in China where they don't even have black people. I'm tired of outraged people. I blame the media for making this into a huge ordeal. Typical.
bigmike

Richmond, VA

#7 Oct 23, 2009
Kaine is NOT our real governor- only on the books as such. He has a full time job as head of the DNC.
mmr

Richmond, VA

#8 Oct 24, 2009
I can completely understand why African Americans would find this offensive, however, I honestly do not believe that Costco did this as a deliberate racist act. The exact same doll in white also said Lil Monkey on her cap. I think it was in extremely poor judgment and you would have thought someone would have been a little more thoughtful before placing these on their shelves. I worked in a Costco location for 8 years and never saw any form of racism whatsoever. Costco has also issued an apology so I'm not sure what else they can do to redeem themselves to some shoppers.
Queenietoo

Galveston, TX

#9 Oct 26, 2009
Some people will do anything just to make a dollar or insult people. Now you can't tell me that they didn't know that this would offend somebody. You have to think would somebody really name their child lil monkey? nnnnnnooooo, so why would you think that naming a dool lil monkey would make people want to go out and buy this mess. She's a beautiful doll but since they named her lil monkey I wouldn't buy this doll for anybody I no, because of the name, how would I look giving this doll to somebody and when they look at the writing on it lil monkey they would probably think I was calling their kid a lil monkey.
Annoyed

United States

#10 Oct 26, 2009
On Ferguson's comment, "We don't think in that way. We don't operate in that kind of thinking", obviously they need to. This shows a lack of good judgement & sensitivity to groups who may be offended. Perhaps Costco needs to diversify at the Executive level or whatever level product decisions are made at. Having been around for 28 years, the Costco organization should know better!
Annoyed

United States

#11 Oct 26, 2009
At sheena mcquire: I think you sound ignorant too!! I don't know where you live, but where I live it is no more acceptable to call a white person a cracker than it is for someone to call a black person a monkey or a ni!@#$. And while there may be two sides to every story, two wrongs still don't make a right. Take personal responsibility in counteracting racism by not perpetuating it with comments such as you just made. That is of course if you aren't racist yourself.
Melvin

Weems, VA

#12 Oct 26, 2009
Annoyed wrote:
At sheena mcquire: I think you sound ignorant too!! I don't know where you live, but where I live it is no more acceptable to call a white person a cracker than it is for someone to call a black person a **** or a ni!@#$. And while there may be two sides to every story, two wrongs still don't make a right. Take personal responsibility in counteracting racism by not perpetuating it with comments such as you just made. That is of course if you aren't racist yourself.
Sheena Mcquire was trying to point out to you that whites also are descriminated against by blacks. But whites can't shout "racism" and cause an uproar over "nothing" like blacks are able to. My God, suppose the white population had an organization called "NAAWP" - National Association for the Advancement of White People". Wouldn't that be awful!!!! Suppose whites had a special deapartmernt at major companies to look out for the rights of white employees only - wouldn't that also be awful!!!. Whites have been descriminated against for too many years now. So to hear someone get upset about a black doll that comes with a little monkey is not too important in the whole scheme of things.
Kristy

Kent, WA

#13 Oct 26, 2009
Wow, people are taking this to an extreme with cancelling their Costco membership over a doll. They made the same doll in white and black with it being labled lil monkey. I honestly do not see anything wrong with it and people need to get over crap like this. Life is way too short to get all riled up over a doll.
Ramona

Peru, IL

#14 Oct 27, 2009
Such sensitivities are truely getting tiresome.....the doll was cute, and yes, I saw white dolls as well with the same 'lil' monkey.
Ramona

Peru, IL

#15 Oct 27, 2009
t robinson wrote:
where is the picture of the white doll
It is not shown because the issue was ONLY the black doll and they, apparently, were all quickly removed from the shelves....
Ramona

Peru, IL

#16 Oct 27, 2009
Meekel wrote:
Why didn't they show the white one? Everyone is so full of rage these days. Outrage over things that are ridiculous. I'm sure that doll is made in China where they don't even have black people. I'm tired of outraged people. I blame the media for making this into a huge ordeal. Typical.
I'm sure there are some blacks there... somewhere..*smile*...I still think the doll was cute..and yes the media is largely responsible...I agree, as they tend to feed into the negative, which they know spreads a lot more quickly. I do not see it as racism, myself. It is a cute doll with a cute nick-name. Things are only what we see them as being. We give words meaning. We can change the meanings of words easily. Unfortunately we can not as easily change the the things within the hearts and minds of people.
Ramona

Peru, IL

#17 Oct 27, 2009
mmr wrote:
I can completely understand why African Americans would find this offensive, however, I honestly do not believe that Costco did this as a deliberate racist act. The exact same doll in white also said Lil **** on her cap. I think it was in extremely poor judgment and you would have thought someone would have been a little more thoughtful before placing these on their shelves. I worked in a Costco location for 8 years and never saw any form of racism whatsoever. Costco has also issued an apology so I'm not sure what else they can do to redeem themselves to some shoppers.
Unfortunately, I can understand as well. But, there lies the problem...People see things in a negative light because that is what shines brightest inside them and is what they see through. That may sound silly but its just my silly way of describing it. I think monkeys are cute and funny, like me and a lot of my friends were as kids, of many races. we did not see or know of racism as kids... but learned it from our parents and other adults as we grew. That negativity was fed to us by adults, media, etc. It does not have to be this way.
Melvin

Weems, VA

#18 Oct 27, 2009
Ramona wrote:
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It is not shown because the issue was ONLY the black doll and they, apparently, were all quickly removed from the shelves....
The media would never show a picture of the white doll with the same name because the media wants to promote an uproar. Some people can see through this and some people look only for an opportunity to cause an uproar.
Ramona

Peru, IL

#19 Oct 27, 2009
Melvin wrote:
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Sheena Mcquire was trying to point out to you that whites also are descriminated against by blacks. But whites can't shout "racism" and cause an uproar over "nothing" like blacks are able to. My God, suppose the white population had an organization called "NAAWP" - National Association for the Advancement of White People". Wouldn't that be awful!!!! Suppose whites had a special deapartmernt at major companies to look out for the rights of white employees only - wouldn't that also be awful!!!. Whites have been descriminated against for too many years now. So to hear someone get upset about a black doll that comes with a little **** is not too important in the whole scheme of things.
True there is discrimination of blacks against whites but there is much more of it aimed at our own race than at the white race. But, I seem to remember a group, not with the letters NAAWP, but one with ummmmm 3 Ks in the initials I believe...that carried much weight ..but I wont go there...The problem is that we NEED to let go of the past, take from it whatever good we learned from it and let the rest go. Work to correct the mistakes and stop repeating them over and over. No we are not the same! We all are different! But learn to accept those differences seen and unseen... and stop with the petty racial crap.
K, I'm done.*smile*
Weird

Plano, TX

#20 Oct 27, 2009
it is unfortunate that this product even made it to the shelves, but what is even more disturbing is that it is a toy - intended to entertain children. Everyone has their own opinions about what is offensive, but how dare they use a child's toy to cause a racial disturbance. And how careless of Costco to allow such a thing to be sold on in their store.

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