Dark-skinned toy figure on Playmobil pirate ship has ‘slave collar,’ mom says – Los Angeles Times
A dark-skinned toy inside a Playmobil pirate ship has caused an uproar for characteristics that appear toÂ resembleÂ to a slave.
The figurine appears to have a shackle around its neck, is barefoot and is wearing tattered clothing.
Playmobil says the toy depicts a pirate who was formerly a slave.
But Ida Lockett, a mother from Sacramento, said the toy is clearly a slave.
Lockett told KOVR-TV Channel 13Â her 5-year-old son received the toy with a PlaymobilÂ pirate ship for his birthday. After working on putting the ship together, the mother made a startling discovery. The toy came with a shackle along with instructions on how to place it around its neck. The ship included a dungeon.
â€œYou cannot have this specific accessory and call it anything else,â€ she told the Sacramento news station. â€œThe fact that you can Google it, look it up, say what it is â€” itâ€™s a slave collar.â€
Lockett said the ship, which can retail for as much as $89.99, was offensive and blatantly racist.
Aimee Norman, the boyâ€™s aunt, wrote to Playmobil, saying she purchased the toy because it had a black character, but was mortified to discover the toy resembled a slave.
â€œSelling children’s toys that are suggestive of slavery in play is obscene, even more soÂ given the marked absence of diversity in your entire toy line,â€ she wrote on Facebook. â€œ#â€ŽSlavery.is.not.a.game.Playmobil.â€
Playmobil says the playset was designed to depict life on a 17th century pirate ship at sea.
â€œIf 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,â€ Playmobil said in a statement. â€œThe figure was meant to represent a pirate who was a former slave in a historical context. It was not our intention to offend anyone in anyway.â€
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