You can’t make this stuff up. Toy Company Playmobil, has sparked outrage with a Pirate Ship Set with a super racist an ignorant “slave doll.”
Ida Lockett, of Sacramento, Calif., said her 5-year-old son received the set as a birthday gift. When she was helping her son put the ship and pirates together, she noticed the instructions telling her to put a small silver circle around one figure’s neck. WTF?
Ida told CBS Sacramento:
You cannot have this specific accessory and call it anything else. The fact that you can Google it, look it up, say what it is — it’s a slave collar.
Here is an image from the instruction manual for the toy:
In a statement to the Washington Post Playmobil claims that the doll is not supposed to offend anyone:
If you look at the box, you can see that the pirate figure is clearly a crew member on the pirate ship and not a captive. The figure was meant to represent a pirate who was a forment slave in a historical context. It was not our intention to offend anyone in anyway.
It seems that most 5 year-olds would not have much knowledge of this “historical context.”
The silver collar piece is removable and according to the directions should be placed on the brown-skinned human figure that is dressed in torn clothing and barefoot (shown below).
Oh! And what appears to be a dungeon in the bottom of the ship can be used as an optional storage area for the doll! Playmobil is nothing if not helpful!
The aunt that purchased the toy for Ida’s son was understandably upset, and upon learning of the problem took to the toy company’s Facebook Page to voice her frustration:
#PlaymobilUSA, I am MORTIFIED to have recently bought your Pirate Ship Set 5135 for my nephew only to hear that when assembling it, they found that its assembly instructions indicate to add the neck cuff/shackle to the black character’s neck. I suppose it’s optional as to whether a kid chooses to then place said character into chains or into a prison cell at the bottom of the ship.
What do you think of this type of “historically accurate” toys for children? Let us know in the comments and let Playmobil know too!
Featured image via Playmobil