Feel Better Dolls found in One Dollar Zone stores came with instructions to "find a wall" and slam the toy against it. The dolls have been drawn after the customers find it offensive. (Photo: Angela McKnight, AP)
The dolls say they are meant to help you relax.
Instead, the black rag doll that asks people to grab it by their legs and "find a wall to slam" against, has furious customers who call it racist.
Whether picked up by children or used by adults to de-stress, New Jersey legislature, Angela McKnight, said "Feel Better Doll" has no place in any store.
McKnight visited a One Dollar Zone store in Bayonne and found the toy "offensive and disturbing at so many levels."
"It is clearly done in an inappropriate representation of a black person and instructs people to slam & # 39; bang & # 39; her," wrote McKnight in a statement on Facebook. "Racism has no place in the world, and I will not tolerate it, especially not in this district."
The dolls are made of black fabric and have yarns of red, yellow, black and green and a white smile. McKnight said the instructions, which are sewn on the puppet front, encourage violence.
New Jersey lawyer Angela McKnight said she believes Feel Better Doll encourages violence (Photo: Angela McKnight, AP "
" "When I saw the doll personally, I waved and became really discouraged by the idea of a black child being beaten by another child or adult for pure pleasure," she wrote. "Having a product that shows or teaches children that it is OK to meet another child, regardless of race, to feel good is sick. Dolls should be a symbol of love, care and affection."
Apologies, dolls drew
Bayonne's mayor, Jimmy Davis, also stated in a Facebook post, saying that the puppets "can certainly be considered racist."
About 1000 of Feel Better Dolls was pulled from three One Dollar Zone stores in New Jersey where they were in stock, said President Ricky Shah. The chain is in the Northeast, with about two dozen shops operating from Massachusetts to Pennsylvania.
Shah apologized and said that the dolls were immediately pulled from the shelves last week after complaints. He said the company did not adequately check a shipment of 35,000 close-ups before distributing them.
"This somehow slipped through the cracks," he said.
The doll manufacturer, New York City-based Harvey Hutter Co., could not be reached on multiple phone numbers. Puppeteer Global Souvenir Marketing, the Associated Press could not say that Shah forwarded an email from the vendor stating that the company is no longer in business and that it did not respond to a request for comment.
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