An advert for an Enid Blyton giftshop tea towel featuring a golliwog clutching a pint of ginger beer has been banned by advertising bosses.
The Ginger Pop store advert, which was taken out in a local paper in June this year, was banned because it would likely cause “serious or widespread offence”, the Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) said.
It comes after the store, which is based at the foot of the 11th century Corfe Castle in Dorset, where the author visited in 1940 while on holiday, was disqualified from a window dressing competition when owner Viv Endecott covered the window of her shop with the tea towels.
The advert, which was published after the disqualification, invited residents to buy one of the tea towels, which Ms Endecott designed herself.
The towels show a golliwog in the centre surrounded by various words such as “freedom of speech” and “political correctness gone mad”. “English Freedom” is also written in capital letters directly underneath the golliwog.
And yes, we really do get this:
Adnan Choudry, the chief officer of Dorset Race Equality Council, said in June: “Golliwogs don’t just offend black people, they’re offensive to people of any race.
“People used them as a means to abuse black people in the 1970s and 1980s – people still remember those days.
“I thought we had all moved on but obviously not. I have had dealings with her in the past – I have told her my opinion, that they should not be sold, but goes on selling them.”
Your opinion is that they should not be sold. Her opinion, and that of her customers, is that it’s just fine to go on selling them.
And guess what? You can fuck off because we don’t ban things based upon your opinion.