Bed Bath & Beyond pulls black jack-'o-lanterns after complaints about 'blackface'
NYACK, N.Y. (NEWS 12/CNN) - Retailer Bed Bath & Beyond has removed black jack-o'-lanterns after complaints that they were in blackface.
Objections first arose in Nyack, New York, where the pumpkins were part of a Halloween display at a law firm.
Some residents thought the jack-o'-lanterns were harmless, but others, like local NAACP director Wilbur Aldridge said they showed "an extreme lack of sensitivity."
"We understand that someone complained about them, and so once we got word of that, we immediately took them down," said law partner Mary Marzolla.
Marzolla says the pumpkins, personalized with the names of each partner at the Feerick, Nugent and MacCartney law firm, were never meant to offend anybody.
"It's just nothing I take offense to personally, but since it did offend someone, we took proactive steps to take it down," Shah said.
Even though they've been removed, both attorneys wonder why the decorations didn't raise flags at the store where they were purchased.
"If you're going to Bed Bath & Beyond, you don't think they're going to be selling offensive material," Marzolla said.
The store says they took action after being contacted by News 12 but would not say if they'd received any other complaints.
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