Perhaps they are just playing it safe, after the Halloween costume which was described as a ‘Psycho Killer’ and included items such as a bright orange boiler suit with the word “Committed” printed on the back, was removed from the site a few days ago.
But today, Shoppersbase can reveal that Tesco may have boobed again, not only for putting up the item called an Inflatable Gay Best Friend, but for asterixing out the A In GAY.
Now since when was the word GAY a swear word, and why did Tesco feel the need for the asterix? Described on the site as ‘G*y Best Friend’, we actually take more offense at the starring out of the GAY word, than the item itself.
The inflatable blow up doll was being advertised to children between the ages of 3-4, and yet was also ‘perfect for Hen Parties’, so if Tesco felt this was a suitable toy for toddlers, why star out G*Y?
The description of the product reads as such:
‘Your inflatable g*y Best Friend is ready to give you fashion advice, tell you if your bum looks big and b**ch about everyone who doesn’t wear Jimmy Choos. Ready with an inflatable bunch of roses to cheer you up after any break-up or bad day, your new g*y best friend will be at your side whenever you need a hug.’
But some people think that this is not just a tasteless gift, but unnecessary too. The organisation of Stonewall, which is a gay, lesbian and bisexual charity, gave a statement to the Huffington Post UK, via its Chief Executive Ben Summerskill: “This is like trying to sell ice to Eskimos. We can’t imagine why any woman would choose to buy an inflatable gay best friend when there are two million of the real thing already available in modern Britain and most of them are better looking than Tesco’s pale imitation.”
Well Tesco’s have now decided to remove the ‘offending’ product from their website but you can still buy it by visiting Amazon for £4.99. Not that we recommend any company that do not pay their fair share of corporation tax in this country.
This comes after Tesco’s was forced to remove their Halloween costume featuring a Psycho Killer, with a description that read: ‘Dress up as the most thrilling psycho killer character of all time.’
And my favourite store Asda also had to apologise to shoppers, when they advertised a mental patient fancy dress for Halloween after customers, including Stan Collymore who tweeted his anger, complained. But kudos to Asda as they made a hefty donation to the mental health charity Mind.
As for Tesco’s, they released this statement:
This afternoon the inflatable “g*y” best friend page was removed from Tesco’s website and a spokesman told us this: “This product was uploaded to the website by a third-party seller but was removed from sale immediately because we found it offensive. The webpage should have been removed at that time and we are looking into why it is still visible two months later. We have very clear guidelines for third-party sellers who list items on our website, and are very sorry that on this occasion they weren’t followed.