British “washing up” sponge manufacturer Paladone is catching flack for its latest dish cleaning products. The Afro-style washing up sponges appear in the images of soul singer Diana Ross and an unnamed “disco” male character.
The stereotypical Afro hairstyle on the sponges is made out of brillo pad and intended for washing dishes. The items are currently available in the UK and have been lambasted by Black leaders for reinforcing negative stereotypes.
“What are we going to have next, toilet brushes like that?” asked Unite Against Fascism general secretary Weyman Bennett, rhetorically. “This is not appropriate for the 21st century to show images like that. It reinforces negative stereotypes and ideas.”
What do you think? Are the Afro sponges out of line? Or are they just innocuous products with witty puns in the title?