Those wacky Brits

February 3, 2008 at 12:55 pm | Posted in Bizarre News | 2 Comments

Just for Gypsy at Heart of Wander and Wonder– because I know how much she loves them- it’s time for another installment of Bizarre News. Today’s story comes to us from Reuters. I guess the fact that all their reporters are working on hard-hitting domestic stories like this explains why their coverage of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq sucks. Having these kinds of important duties for their staff probably also left so little money to pay photographers that they had no choice but to hire people who use photoshop to create a new reality for their images. But I digress, on to the point of my post.

Today I found this gem published by Reuters.

Shop pulls “Lolita” bed for young girls
LONDON (Reuters) – A chain of retail stores in Britain has withdrawn the sale of beds named Lolita and designed for six-year-old girls after furious parents pointed out that the name was synonymous with sexually active pre-teens.

I’m not a parent, I’ve never seen the movie or read the book, and even I can see that this is a very bad idea. You would think that somebody at this “chain of retail stores” would have clued in to what a bad idea this is, but no.

“What seems to have happened is the staff who run the website had never heard of Lolita, and to be honest no one else here had either,” a spokesman told British newspapers.

“We had to look it up on (online encyclopedia) Wikipedia. But we certainly know who she is now.”

Woolworths said the product had now been dropped.

“Now this has been brought to our attention, the product has been removed from sale with immediate effect,” the chain said.

“We will be talking to the supplier with regard to how the branding came about.”

Thank God for Wikipedia, we all know Wiki is a completely reliable source of information (snark).



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  1. I forgot where I was, but we saw clothes and purses and backpacks for little girls with the playboy bunny on them. I was sick.

  2. The clothes are out of control. I read a blog post somewhere by a mother who was understandably appalled by the things she saw written on underwear for preteens for sale at Walmart just before Christmas. This isn’t where I originally read it, but it gives a good recap.

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