Playmobil said in a statement to The Washington Post that they toy wasn’t trying to be racist — it was trying to depict life on a 17th-century pirate ship.
“If you look at the box, you can see that the pirate figure is clearly a crew member on the pirate ship and not a captive,” according to the statement. “The figure was meant to represent a pirate who was a former slave in a historical context. It was not our intention to offend anyone in anyway.”
YIKES Playmobil …
#PlaymobilUSA, I am MORTIFIED to have recently bought your Pirate Ship Set 5135 for my nephew only to hear that when…
People left comments on the post the mom shared on Facebook and other people are not too thrilled about this either.
” 9/11 is a historical fact as well but I’m sure merica would be in an uproar with replicas of the twin towers and innocent victims,” one person left on the post. “History is to be taught and learned from. There are no white figures with the Slavs collars and colorful instructions. No one use this as teachable moment for their child…they will roll imaginative play into reality thinking people of color are inferior if they are not already taught that.”
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(post has been updated but was originally published Oct 9, 2015)