Lanvin Poplin Doll
Yesterday, a coworker sent me these crazy $400 Lanvin dolls. She initially sent me this doll , but I was more alarmed when I looked down at the You May Also Like section and saw the black doll above. Umm, no Net-a-Porter, I don't like.
Of course, the price is ridiculous, but what's even more insane is that the doll is basically a glammed up mammy. Sure, her apron is gone and she's wearing a little more eye makeup, but there's really no denying the likeness. From the red headscarf right down to the red lips, that is definitely a mammy.
I'd like to give both Lanvin and Net-a-Porter the benefit of the doubt and say there was no harm intended. But no. I'm not going to do that because there's just no way they didn't know this was a mammy doll. Maybe if they had chosen any other color besides red or removed the doll's headwrap, then maybe I would have let things slide. But the Lanvin mammy doll is just too blatant.
Whether you're African American or not, I think there's something to be said about supporting companies that propagate degrading stereotypes about any group of people. I would never buy this doll for myself, let alone for my child.
But maybe that's just me. What do you think? Would you spend $400 on a cloth doll? What about the fact that it's a mammy doll?