Bed Bath & Beyond pulls black pumpkins over blackface concerns
TAMPA (WFLA/CNN) - Retailer Bed Bath & Beyond has removed black jack-o-lanterns after receiving complaints they were forms of blackface.
A controversial Halloween display at a law firm has some Nyack, New York residents asking - black pumpkin or blackface?
NAACP director Wilbur Aldridge says the jack-o-lanterns show "An extreme lack of sensitivity."
"By now I would believe everyone [would] know that anything in blackface is offensive," he said in a statement. "Equally as offensive is that a retail store would have such an item in [their] inventory for general purchase."
I think they did the right thing but I also think that they're entitled to the way they feel."
And with this reaction, the law firm decided to take those pumpkins down less than 48 hours after setting them out on the porch.
Mary Marzella with the firm says the pumpkins personalized with the names of each partner at the Feerick Nugent and McCartney law firm were never meant to offend anyone.
"We understand that someone complained about them and so once we got word of that we immediately took them down," Marzella said. "We represent people of all colors and faiths and we would never do anything to exclude anyone from any community."
Bed Bath and Beyond has sinced apologize saying "This is a sensitive area and, though unintentional, we apologize for any offence caused. We have immediately removed the item from sale."
Bed, Bath and Beyond had a trick-or-treat misstep this Hallowe'en. The home furnishings store was selling black jack-o'-lanterns until complaints started coming in that the seasonal pumpkins were offensive. The pumpkins have 'faces' consisting of white eyes,
NYACK, N.Y. - A Bed, Bath & Beyond store in New York has removed black jack-o-lanterns following a local TV station's investigation about customer complaints. News 12 said it the decorations, displayed in front of
Retailer Bed Bath & Beyond reportedly pulled all of its black jack-o'-lanterns from its stores after receiving a complaint stating that the lanterns were a form of blackface. The controversy for the home goods store began
Bed Bath & Beyond is reportedly no longer selling jack-o'-lanterns decked out in back paint with white mouths after some residents of Nyack, New York, took umbrage at a local law firm's Halloween display. The
A set of controversial jack-o'-lanterns have a New York community demanding answers. Bed Bath & Beyond has reportedly pulled black jack-o'-lanterns from its website after a law office in the Nyack area received complaints from
(WSVN) - Bed Bath & Beyond has removed black artificial jack-o-lanterns from their online store over concerns of blackface. According to News 12, the artificial pumpkins, which were painted black and had white
CLOSE Bed Bath & Beyond is facing some criticism for selling black pumpkins with faces that evoked blackface. (Photo: jeepersmedia / Flickr) Retailer Bed Bath & Beyond has responded to concerns about blackface
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