Are we going back to disparaging images selling products? Paladone, A company based in the UK recently introduced a new line of sponges that’s got critics hopping on their soap boxes. The company recently introduced “King of Disco” and “Diana Wash” Washing-Up Sponges, pads shaped like afros perched on top black male and female figures. The company’s spokesperson says the sponges are designed to make an everyday chore like washing up more fun. But The Unite Against Fascism general secretary Weyman Bennett said, “This is not appropriate for the 21st century to show images like that. It reinforces negative stereotypes and ideas.” Bennett also feels that it opens the door for people to produce racial stereotypes and that’s not something society wants to see. “We’ve worked very hard to make sure that doesn’t happen.” Bennett concludes.
I did a little investigating and discovered Paladone offers a set of four brushes: “King of Disco”, “Diva” (replacing “Diana Wash”) “Punk” and “Groovy” who are white. Does the addition of white characters dispel the racism argument?
What do you think of the Paladone Washing-up Brushes? Take my poll.
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- The Diana (Afro) Washing Up Sponge – Do you like? (valleyfontaine.wordpress.com)