British Stores Halt `Lolita' Beds

British Stores Halt `Lolita' Beds

There are 96 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Feb 3, 2008, titled British Stores Halt `Lolita' Beds. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Woolworths stores in Britain have stopped selling "Lolita" beds for young girls after a parents' organization complained because of the name's association with the famous novel about a pedophile.

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John

Aurora, MO

#1 Feb 3, 2008
I better change my name...Gacy used this one.
(Effing morons!)
Kelly

Chicago, IL

#2 Feb 3, 2008
"There aren't many people in the company, in the whole world, who know about the `Lolita' book or films"

Call me crazy, but itsn't it written by one of the most famous novelists of all time? And one of the best and most controversial novels of the 20th century??
chris

Woodbridge, VA

#3 Feb 3, 2008
ikea is also changing their naked lunch tables.
EMD

Oak Park, IL

#4 Feb 3, 2008
Hilarious - if you go to the link provided for Woolworths and do a search for Lolita, it comes back with both movie releases for sale! Ms. Lim seems a little out of touch with reality.
Ken in Aurora

Edwardsville, IL

#5 Feb 3, 2008
""There aren't many people in the company, in the whole world, who know about the `Lolita' book or films," Lim said."

Oh, to be ignorant. What's next, a "Hitler mustache care kit"? After all, he's just some dead guy hardly anyone remembers.
ABN Oritz

Chicago, IL

#6 Feb 3, 2008
Like they didn't know how the name got there. Lolita name has been use in all kinds of movies as the young sexual girl (Latina) in many old movies. Woolworth said the look into the manufacturer, they should get another manager!
Drewbert

Miami Beach, FL

#7 Feb 3, 2008
How on earth does anybody not know about the connotation of the name Lolita? It's fairly pervasive.
Jane

Elmwood Park, IL

#8 Feb 3, 2008
As a spokesperson for Woolworth's, Lisa Lim is an embarrassment to the company.
Jane

Elmwood Park, IL

#9 Feb 3, 2008
John wrote:
I better change my name...Gacy used this one.
(Effing morons!)
If Gacy were known throughout the world simply as "John" you would have a point - but as he is not, your clearly don't understand the point.
skeezix

Matteson, IL

#10 Feb 3, 2008
idiots: they're everywhere or so it seems.
Isabella

Pompano Beach, FL

#11 Feb 3, 2008
I don't understand why they had to stop selling the beds? Why not just change the name?
john McCain

Port Saint Lucie, FL

#12 Feb 3, 2008
chris wrote:
ikea is also changing their naked lunch tables.
And their Leaving Las Vegas luggage set.

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#13 Feb 3, 2008
John wrote:
I better change my name...Gacy used this one.
(Effing morons!)
This is a little different effing jackass.
Russell

AOL

#14 Feb 3, 2008
Someone needs to complain to Hostess about the name Twinkies. Everyone knows that Twinkie is a slang term for young, gay youth. And Hostess is obviously promoting Twinkiedom with the name of one of their most popular products!
John

Aurora, MO

#15 Feb 3, 2008
Jane wrote:
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If Gacy were known throughout the world simply as "John" you would have a point - but as he is not, your clearly don't understand the point.
My sister's name is Lolita, and your point, whatever the hell it is, is hurtful to her (as well as to my father, Adolph).
John

Aurora, MO

#16 Feb 3, 2008
Bust Corruption wrote:
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This is a little different effing jackass.
You too, chimp.
Jan Arnold

Chicago, IL

#17 Feb 3, 2008
I know the word "pedophile" is a popular demonization, but Humbert Humbert was not a pedophile. A pedophile has sexual interest in prepubescent children. Lolita was a teenager and hardly prepubescent. Whatever Mr. Humbert's depravity may have been, it wasn't the mental disorder called pedophilia. The taboo against adult-teenage sex is a purely cultural differentiation, and is not a human universal at all. While the obsessions of the character were something we can all possibly sympathize with (as pathological obsessive thinking), their acting out was not sympathetically portrayed. Lolita, by the way, was a willing participant and had her own reasons for it, however immaturely conceived. None of which is to condone the situation, but to point out that the novel attempts an unmoralistic view of an inner torment. Humbert came across as the sick person he was, masterfully portrayed by one of literature's great masters. For what it's worth, Time magazine proclaimed this novel one of the top three of the Twentieth Century (along with Ulysses which was ranked first). Good company.
Paul R

Chicago, IL

#18 Feb 3, 2008
In "The Flintsones" theme song, they promise you'll have a "gay old time."

Shocking! I'm calling for the immediate elimination of all references to the Flintstones, worldwide.
Gurnee

AOL

#19 Feb 3, 2008
In this context it seems a very unfortunate name choice.

However, that said, I'm sure that the girls' name "Lolita" existed for centuries before the novel did.
Jules

London, UK

#20 Feb 3, 2008
Lolita is short for Lola, which is a perfectly normal name in Spanish-speaking countries. It can be short for Dolores. Nabokov's novel is just the best-known of its usages.

I live in the UK, where Playboy-branded makeup is available to girls...lighten up, please.

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