*C’mon Bed Bath & Beyond! Somebody had to know that black jack-o-lantern pumpkins were not going to be a good look. Well, apparently not. The retailer went and displayed them anyway and now they’re catching heat for it. Surprise. Surprise.
The bottom line is that the offensive items have been pulled from the Bed, Bath & Beyond shelves after a Nyack, N.Y., community complained publicly about them.
The jack-o-lanterns, which are black and feature white paint for the grin, nose, and eyes, were placed out in front of a Nyack law firm Feerick, Nugent, and MacCartney, reports Fatherly.
It didn’t take long before the law firm realized they had made a bad move and took the display down — but the firm also raised the question as to how the pumpkins got to Bed Bath & Beyond shelves in the first place.
When a local news crew investigated the incident, the law firm said that their intention was to never offend or exclude anyone — so as soon as they got complaints, they took down the display. Local NAACP Director Wilbur Aldridge said the pumpkins being displayed depicted an “extreme lack of sensitivity.”
Meanwhile, Bed, Bath & Beyond apologized for the fact that the pumpkins were on sale in the first place — and immediately removed the pumpkins from all store locations. This is not the first time that a company has been criticized for selling products that have a likeness to the racist image recently.
Like we said up top, you would think Bed Bath & Beyond knew what would happen when it comes to “black-facing” products. Remember last year when Gucci and Adidas dropped products that had a striking resemblance to the image, and just this year, Prada got in hot water for a fictional animal that depicts blackface, and Katy Perry Collections pulled a shoe that depicted the same image.
Dang, you think it would be pretty EASY for companies to keep from making the same stupid, racist move over and over, but apparently not. 🙁