Now, wait a minute Amazon! Another racist description has once again “slipped through the cracks” of Amazon, but this time around, it’s dealing with an African American doll with braided hair.
According to TMZ, the digital marketplace was selling a doll with a description that reads “Doli Yearning 14-inch Adorable Black Doll with Casual Red Skirt and Colored Dirty Braid Fashion Gorgeous Doll for Ages 3+ Interactive Playtime BPA Free safety Product Well-Designed Collectible Box.” And people are outraged over the “Colored Dirty Braid” remark.
The doll is made by the Chinese company Doli Yearning who has been selling on Amazon for under a year, and apparently believes braided hair is not only dirty but also associated with coloreds.
It’s also appalling that skin color or hair descriptions aren’t used by the company when it comes to their white dolls– “Doli Yearning 14-inch Adorable Doll with Denim Suit and Colored Headbands Fashion Gorgeous Doll for Ages 3+ Interactive Playtime BPA Free Safety Product Well-Designed Collectable Box.” Same deal for their other “white” dolls—because for whatever the reason.
This isn’t the first time Amazon has come under fire for not filtering out offensive products they allow to be sold on their platform, despite the fact it’s a billion-dollar company that could oversee this from a financial stance.
So there’s really no excuse! Make it make sense, Amazon.