12 October 2015
In the news ... A Playmobil pirate has become the center of discussion.
Playmobil Pirate Ship 5135 seems to have a pirate with a "metal" collar as an accessory.
Ida Lockett says it's a "slave collar". And, this California mother doesn't want her 5 year old son playing with it.
The NAACP has demanded that all of these "racist" Playmobil sets should be removed immediately.
Too bad no one seems to know their history or even know the Playmobil product very well.
First, is the metal collar. During this period both leather and metal collars were worn as neck protection!
A deadly blow to the neck with a cutlass could certainly ruin a pirate's day.
Second, the color of the Playmobil pirate figure is not the color used for the typical African Playmobil figure.
Playmobil uses the light brown figure for beach goers with a tan, native Americans and ancient Egyptians.
Apparently, Ida needs to do her homework and find something else to complain about.