White babies are worth more than black babies. It's official.
Oh Tesco. It's clearly not enough to try and take over the world one supermarket at a time, now you have to go all racial on us. Today's Sun has found out that Tesco do not think black babies have the same value as white ones, charging a whole 99p more for a white baby doll than for the same doll with a darker complexion.
(white) Mother Holly Beckett contacted the Sun distraught at the damaging message it was sending out to have white Emmi dolls for sale at £5.96, when the black version of the same doll was just £4.97. Tescos have explained that that this is a promotial reduction, as the black dolls are new, but Ms Beckett had already spotted the high horse, and climbed on with the help of her friendly neighbourhood tabloid anyway.
“I think it’s disgusting I have to pay one pound more because it’s a white baby," she said, adding that "the fact is the white doll is a quid more dear than the black one and that can sow all kinds of ideas in people’s heads."
And indeed it has. Tescos have been inundated with customers demanding to pay less for black t shirts and black pepper. Red toy cars are being eschewed for the more gender stereotypical blue car. Or possibly, the people of Dudley didn't realise there was a problem until someone invented one.
Do people really think that Tesco's are trying to say black babies are worth less than white ones? Really? Or are Tescos actually being subversive- if they price black baby dolls cheaper, then maybe more people will buy them and the black baby doll sympathisers can then take over the world. Is it more likely the pricing was determined by some machine in head office looking purely at data, rather than at a baby doll? Perhaps we should all go hound Argos, who do not sell any baby dolls in ther online shop with anything other than pearly pink skin, despite the fact that people come in a range of shades. Are they racists too?
Valid point or politically correct mentalness? You decide.