A Mammy candlestick from Anthropologie
It looks like Anthropologie went from selling overpriced stuff, to selling racist, overpriced stuff.
Talk about timing. No sooner had I finished watching Django Unchained then my attention was brought to this sparkling gem of WTF: a $398 candlestick featuring one of the slavery era's most pernicious caricatures: the Mammy.
You can find out what a Mammy is, if you don't already know. It will infuriate you.
Anthropologie's Facebook page is already getting filled with angry messages. Twitter won't be far behind: I included a few early reactions below.
So, are these Trinket & Treasure Candlesticks all really unique? If so, what, exactly, are the buyer's chances of getting racist candlesticks similar to the ones advertised (?!?) on Anthropologie's website? Or will the buyer have to settle for tacky and/or creepy?
Seriously, I want to know. Also, four hundred bucks? Are you freakin' kidding me? If you're spending $400 on found-object candlesticks, put one of them down and slap yourself in the face.
Look, Anthropologie, you screwed up. You're going to have to apologize publicly, so get used to the idea. Proofread your apology for greengrocer's apostrophes.
— ariel(@kiddotrue) January 11, 2013
Anthropologie is selling a candlestick with a black mammy figurine in it for $398. Oh, and she's standing on JFK. goo.gl/S8bip
— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) January 11, 2013
— Nakia (@KiaJD) January 11, 2013
— Tim Newman (@tnewmstweet) January 11, 2013