No not them. THIS Dude:
Surely the facts are too Fabulous to contemplate.
Having been obliged to apologise for selling a “Psycho Ward” Halloween fancy dress outfit, condemned for stigmatising those with mental health issues, Tesco might have been expected to scour its website for other potentially offensive items. One, however, was missed.
The supermarket giant issued a second apology today/yesterday over the Inflatable Gay Best Friend, a novelty blow-up toy criticised on social media as cheaply stereotypical wuth its figure-hugging pink top and blue shorts. Adding to the concern was that Tesco’s website billed the item as the Inflatable G*y Best Friend, using an asterisk in “gay” throughout the listing.
“An Inflatable g*y Best Friend @Tesco? What planet you on?” read one tweet.
Planet Homo of course.
The mystery was soon solved. Tesco explained that the item was offered via its website by another seller, which had put together the listing, complete with asterisks. It was indentified as potentially offensive and blocked before any were sold, but Tesco mistakenly did not remove the page containing the listing.
A spokeswoman said: “This product was uploaded to the website by a third-party seller but was removed from sale immediately because we found it offensive.
“The webpage should have been removed at that time and we are looking into why it is still visible two months later. We have very clear guidelines for third-party sellers who list items on our website, and are very sorry that on this occasion they weren’t followed.”
The toy is listed on the website as “ready to give you fashion advice, tell you if your bum looks big and bitch about everyone who doesn’t wear Jimmy Choos”.
More oddly it is described as having a “smiling, Gary Lineker-esque face” and supposedly aimed at children aged three and four. It was, briefly, on sale for £5.99.
It is still for sale on various other UK websites, including Amazon
Gay rights activists were somewhat less offended than the tweeters, being more dismissive than upset. Ben Summerskill, chief executive of Stonewall, said: “This is like trying to sell ice to Eskimos. We can’t imagine why any woman would choose to buy an inflatable gay best friend when there are two million of the real thing already available in modern Britain and most of them are much better looking than Tesco’s pale imitation.”
Peter Tatchell, the veteran campaigner, said it “panders to rather cliched, tired, stereotypes”. He added: “I doubt that any offence was intended. It’s more a case of an ill-thought-out product brainstorm.
“I haven’t got a problem with the doll being advertised to three- to four-year-olds, but I wouldn’t have thought they would understand the Jimmy Choo and Sex and the City references.”
On Thursday, Tesco apologised and withdrew its bright orange boilersuit-style “Psycho Ward” fancy dress outfit. Asda has also apologised for selling a “mental patient fancy dress costume”, which features someone covered in blood and brandishing a machete.
YIKES! And frankly Orange Isn’t The New Anything
Other retailers have been caught out with novelty toys in the past. Last year, Liberty apologised for selling pastel-coloured wooden toy versions of the Katyusha rocket launcher, the Soviet-made weapon still used by Hezbollah to attack cities in Irsael.
But back to the Gay Best Friend Meme. Here’s who they should have used for a model
a Big Improvement on
As for “Best Friend ” thematics don’t forget
But hey, this is All About Teh Ghey, so Sing us out Bette!