While on tour, pop star Janet Jackson received the most peculiar – and un-politically correct gift from a fan.
The sultry singer received a Golliwog – which as seen below can easily be construed as a very unappealing and racist toy.
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Here’s more information on the doll:
The “Golliwogg” (later “Golliwog”, “golly doll”) was a character in children’s books in the late 19th century and depicted as a type of rag doll. It was reproduced, both by commercial and hobby toy-makers as a children’s toy called the “golliwog”, and had great popularity in North America, Europe and Australia, into the 1960s. The doll has black skin, eyes rimmed in white, clown lips, and frizzy hair, and it has been described as “the least known of the major anti-Black caricatures in the United States”. While home-made golliwogs were sometimes female, the golliwog was generally male. For this reason, in the period following World War II, the golliwog was seen, along with the teddy bear, as a suitable soft toy for a young boy.
The image of the doll has become the subject of heated debate. One aspect of the debate in its favour argues that it should be preserved and passed on as a cherished cultural artifact and childhood tradition. At the same time, others argue that the golliwog is a destructive instance of racism against people of African descent, along with pickaninnies, minstrels, mammy figures, and other caricatures.