Feel Better Dolls found in stores in the One Dollar Zone gave instructions to "Find a Wall" and threw the toy against it. The dolls were pulled after customers perceived them as offensive. (Photo: Angela McKnight, AP)
The dolls say they should help you relax.
Instead, the black rag doll implores people to grab them by the legs and "find one" The "Feel Better Doll," said Angela McKnight, has no place in the "Feel Better Doll" by children picked up or used by adults to relieve stress.
McKnight visited a store in the One Dollar Zone in Bayonne and found that the toy was "offensive and disturbing" on so many levels.
"And" hit them, "McKnight wrote in a statement on Facebook. "Racism has no place in the world and I will not tolerate it, especially not in this neighborhood."
The dolls are made of black fabric and have yarn hair in red, yellow, black and green and a white smile. McKnight said the instructions pinned to the front of the doll encourage violence.
Angela McKnight from New Jersey Believes Feel Better Doll Promotes Violence (Photo: Angela McKnight, AP)
"As When I saw the doll in person, I ducked and was genuinely disappointed by the idea that a black child was beaten by another child or an adult for the purest pleasure, "she wrote. "Showing or teaching children that it's okay to beat another child, regardless of race, to feel good is sick, and dolls should be a symbol of love, care, and affection."
The Mayor of Bayonne, Jimmy Davis, also spoke out in a Facebook post, saying that the dolls "may certainly be considered racist." About 1,000 of the Feel Better Dolls were pulled out of three one-dollar zone stores in New Jersey, where they were stored, said President Ricky Shah. The chain is to the northeast, with about two dozen stores operating from Massachusetts to Pennsylvania.
Shah apologized and said the dolls were immediately pulled out of the shelves last week after customer complaints. He said the company did not adequately review a shipment of 35,000 remnants before distribution.
"That somehow slipped through the cracks," he said.
New York City-based doll maker Harvey Hutter Co. was unreachable from several listed phone numbers. The doll supplier Global Souvenir Marketing could not. The Associated Press said that Shah had forwarded an email from the supplier stating that the company was out of business and had not responded to a request for comments.
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