Homey Don’t Wash That

A company behind a new range of Afro style dish washing sponges has been slammed for being racist. I personally think they’re hilarious, but then I’m a racist, apparently.

Campaigners have attacked British makers Paladone for its latest range of dish cleaning products which caricatures black soul legend Diana Ross as having a brillo pad for a hairstyle.

The offending items, which have just gone on sale across the UK, have been lambasted for reinforcing negative stereotypes.

The Unite Against Fascism general secretary Weyman Bennett said: ‘What are we going to have next, toilet brushes like that? This is not appropriate for the 21st century to show images like that. It reinforces negative stereotypes and ideas.”

“Although it’s aimed at being humorous, sometimes it’s not funny”, he added.

“We’ve spent 40 years removing racist imagery out of general politics, removing golly wogs, removing black and white minstrels, and it would be a shame if it crept back in.”

Mr Bennett, who has been campaigning for almost thirty years, warned: “It opens the door for people to produce racial stereotypes and that’s not something we want to see in our society.”

“We’ve worked very hard to make sure that doesn’t happen. That’s can’t be a positive thing in the 21st centry that we are using images that were really invented in periods of slavery and discrimination.”

I wasn’t aware that slaves had afros or frequented discos, but that’s just me. I’m sure Mr. Bennett is better informed than I.

Mr. Bennett aimed a stinging attack directly at the company behind the products and called on them to be take off the supermarket shelves.

Mr Bennett said: “They need to think again. Is there no way they can come up with positive views of people without just using negative views of black people. Trying to compare black people to brillo pads is not a really positive image – it’s not appropriate.’

Paladone said the product had been a phenomenal success since hitting the shelves.
But its attempts to give the humble cleaning implement a funky 70s disco makeover have evidently offended some.

A company spokesman said: “Our range of four washing up sponges are designed to make an everyday chore like washing up more fun. The Disco, Beehive, Punk and Diva have sold hundreds of thousands of pieces. They have been a phenomenal success.”

The products success is, I’m sure, due to the average citizen having a sense of humor rather that sitting around waiting to be offended.

Maybe if they develop a Kurt Cobain Mop head, Mr. Bennett might feel better.

Attribution: Tom Gardner

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Brent is not a scholar. He’s not an author or speaker (yet). He hasn’t published a book nor does he write articles for magazines (yet). He has no advanced literary degree or pedigree (never will). He is just an American who writes and shares what interests him. He cares about the salvation of this country and a return to its Constitutional roots. He believes in God, country and family.
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2 Responses to Homey Don’t Wash That

  1. you can’t make this stuff up! why is a huge black afro ” negative”? i thought blacks were proud of their signature looks and styles? oh yea, i forgot, only when THEY are pointing it out and embracing. no one else can.

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