The US’s Wholesale giant Costco had finally removed the controversial “Cuddle with Me” baby doll after receiving huge backlash from the parent’s of the community and saying that the toy was blatantly racist.
The allegedly racist doll features an African-American plastic baby along with a plush monkey, with a matching “lil’ monkey” hat and a peeled banana on its mouth. It’s other choices are horrible as well - and you can apparently get a black, Hispanic or Caucasian "Cuddle with Me" doll with a Panda bear, where the hat says “pretty panda” instead.
According to Brass Key, the company manufacturing the doll, they admit that the hidden racism behind the doll was not within their company's "realm of thinking," and that it was just an honest mistake on their end. “We don’t think in that way. We don’t operate in that kind of thinking.”
This further aggravated some people as the company seemed to be very insensitive to the situation and that they have further refused to acknowledge the racism in the toy. It can be further confided that the African-American roots of the offensive hate have been long in existence since the earlier times of America, which stems from the racist times, especially with the “lil monkey” embroidery on the doll’s hat that can be a direct reference for the consumers.
The spokesman for Costco has issued an official apology, and says that he truly regrets that the product has offended anyone at all, and have promptly pulled the doll out from the stores and the market’s shelves. The complaint came from a man who bought the doll from Greensboro, N.C. in order to formally file a complaint. Soon shortly after, a chain letter has soon followed suit that eventually reached the Costco executives and the PC police.