Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Can we say offensive? Disney's selling golden noose necklaces!

I found the following on post on BET's News for You(th) Vote site.
As a part of their Pirates of the Caribbean “Dead Man’s Chest” couture jewelry collection, Disney has created a 14k gold plated noose necklace; oh yeah…and the matching earrings. Now obviously they wouldn’t do this with any malicious intent…but you would think the advisory board or somebody would stop and think of the implications this necklace may presumably have.

What if as a part of a movie about the Holocaust, someone came out with a line of swastika necklaces? Then there’d be a problem right? A problem I would agree with.

You would think with all the focus on race and gender in politics lately, and the outbreak of noose hangings at college campuses (not to the mention what hanging a noose did in Jena, Louisiana), that Disney, an entertainment company for kids, would not inadvertently participate in the foolishness.

What do you think about the jewelry line? Should Disney have been more sensitive about the historical implications that this symbol of oppression produces? Or did they make the necklace for fun? Let me know what you think!

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