Argos in racist doll fracas

23 January 2015

Argos have found themselves in a row. A RACE row about dolls. So they have.

The original click and collect front, have a white doll priced £10 more than their black and Asian offerings.

The white ‘Maria’ doll, made by French company Corolle Calin, is being sold on the Argos website for £34.99, while Asian and black dolls ‘Yang’ and ‘Naima’ are for sale for £24.99.

'Yang'.

All the dolls are, like, the same and beautiful inside and of the same dimensions and on the manufacturer’s website all three are sold at the same price of £23.

A mum of three named Lisa O'Reilly from Lincs reckoned: "It’s unacceptable for children to think white is better or more desirable. It’s wrong for our youngsters to grow up thinking non-white skin colours are worth less."

"There’s enough prejudice in the world already without battling against racist toys."

Argos blamed it handily on a genuine pricing error and said it was urgently rectifying the problem. Why, even a spokesman chipped in with "[We] can confirm all three dolls will be priced at £24.99".

So that's alright then. Nothing like checking these things BEFORE they're uploaded, eh.

TOPICS:   High Street News

7 comments

  • Russell H.
    for fuck's sake. it's clearly been an error. why does everything have to have a fucking label now?
  • you
    Of course you would say that wouldnt you. Russell Hobbs? Famed for their toasters? Which turn WHITE bread into BLACK toast?! But i suppose youd explain that away as a toasting error. You make me sick
  • John
    Why is this non-story still doing the rounds? It's either a genuine error or that the two that were reduced aren't selling as quick. That's not Argos being racist, do you really think that Argos think white dolls are superior?
  • DrJogalog
    Lisa O'Reilly wants to get herself to the vets to be put down. Do herself and everyone else a favour.
  • Mad B.
    So that’s alright then. Nothing like checking these things BEFORE they’re uploaded, eh. Pot - Kettle - Black (See 1st paragraph of Argos story below).
  • Alexis
    What's wrong? Supply and demand. If they sell more white they'd be right to have a higher price.
  • bill
    They shold have put all the prices up to £34.99 That would have shut those stupid over-sensitive mums up

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