ChatterBank4 mins ago
Should This Landlord Remove His Gollies?
Or is there more to this story since he also dares to fly the Union Flag outside his pub?
One reader stated "I am sure he is a member of both UKIP and Britain First".
But then this reader identifies himself as a French PhD Scholar, from Paris, France, so who knows?
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I don't go in the pub, so it's not an issue on a personal level, but objectively, I think gollywogs are too contentious to display in somewhere like a pub, which by definition is a welcoming venue to all, and that includes people who are uncomfortable at the sight of them.
There will always be the 'fuss about nothing / relic from childhood / PC nonsense ...' but I think on balance that this landlord is making a stand which is not going to see him and his pub enhanced in the long run.
So you don't need a load of drunks arguing over them! I feel they are not racist, but i feel due to the fact people can take personal offence, they should't be in a "free house", unless said "free house" was extremely remote and almost a 'locals only' style pub.
Context is everything.
I am also constantly amazed at the number of people who say "I had a golly when I was younger and it was my favourite toy. Did no one have teddies? Am I disadvantaged because I never had one?"
There are pubs round here with stuffed animals and also fox and deer hunting memorabilia. Again they do it for "local colour" and to encourage patronage. I am not vegan but I dislike it intensely and again I vote with my feet.
If an elder black person went into this pub, the golliwogs may bring back haunting memory's of when they were bullied, tormented and scrutinised for literally the colour of their skin. And there fore, maybe it's still "too soon" for the golliwog to make appearance again.
You see 100's at car boot sales.
A white woman created the golliwog. (not important, just a fact)