What a bummer of a birthday — First you find out your present is deeply offensive, then your mom takes it away.
A California mother bought her son a Playmobil pirate ship play set as a fifth birthday present. What she didn't expect to find inside was a slave figurine, complete with a chain collar and a dungeon.
According to the Washington Post:
Ida Lockett of Sacramento, Calif., said her 5-year-old son received the toy as a birthday present, and when she was helping him assemble it, she noticed the instructions — telling her to put a play shackle around the figure's neck.
"This right here was found on his neck," she told CBS Sacramento about the piece.
"You cannot have this specific accessory and call it anything else. The fact that you can Google it, look it up, say what it is — it's a slave collar."
The toy's instruction manual shows a dark-skinned doll wearing no shoes, ripped pants and a tattered yellow shirt and directs the assembler to pop the silver piece around its neck. The ship appears to include a dungeon.
Playmobil told The Washington Post that the figure was supposed to be an escaped slave.
Well then why are there instructions to collar another human being?
It's indisputable that this is historical, but there is a whole shi*tload of historical atrocities that we don't make toys out of. So let's leave the unwilling enslavement, torture and death of millions of people for centuries out of play time, huh?
It is sad that this boy can't have his present, though. We're sure he got something better.