MOM RIPS MICHAELS: Winnipeg mom blasts store over miniature ‘Wild West’ toy depicting


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MOM RIPS MICHAELS: Winnipeg mom blasts store over miniature ‘Wild West’ toy depicting American Indians
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Published:
November 28, 2017
Updated:
November 28, 2017 1:44 PM EST
Erin Vandale. (CTV Winnipeg)
WINNIPEG — Michaels, the big arts and crafts supply store, is removing a toy depicting cowboys and Indigenous people from its shelves after a Winnipeg mother complained they were offensive.
Erin Vandale, an early childhood educator and mother of four, went to a Michaels outlet in Winnipeg about two weeks ago to look for figurines for her child’s school project.
She stumbled across a toy called “Wild West,” a 12-piece set of miniature figurines depicting cowboys, pioneers and what the box labelled as ‘American Indians’ from the 1880s that included a cowboy with a gun and an Indigenous man with a bow and arrow.
Michaels has pulled a set of toys deemed offensive by one outspoken shopper. (CTV Winnipeg)
Despite a complaint from Vandale, the toy was still available on the store’s website a week later, but her attempt to post a negative review was met with a quick notice from Michaels telling her it did not meet their guidelines.
The chain was approached by CTV News on Monday morning and by late afternoon, a company representative told the media outlet that the toy would be removed from store shelves across Canada.
Michaels says in a statement that it values all cultures and the product was not intended to be disrespectful.
Michaels, the big arts and crafts supply store, is removing a toy depicting cowboys and Indigenous people from its shelves. (CP)
“We’re taking colonial actions, things that actually happened in Canada that were horrible, and we’re giving them to children to reproduce them as a play,” said Vandale, who is non-Indigenous and whose husband and children are Metis.
“I don’t want to see my children’s culture or my husband’s culture represented in that way in a store like Michaels.”
Vandale’s review read, “I take issue with the kind of play this toy will promote. The relationships between settlers and First Nations peoples were fraught with tension and horrible actions. I would really like to see this toy taken off the shelves.”
Vandale said she wasn’t trying to be “inflammatory.”
“I was just coming from a really honest place and I think I should be able to write that. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that,” she said.
Michaels said in its statement to CTV that “While the figurines referenced are often used for school projects, including historical dioramas, exploring the plains of the American west, this item will be removed from our stores in Canada. We appreciate all of the feedback we receive from our customers and we are committed to treating all of our customers with dignity and respect.”
Jacqueline Romanow, who chairs Indigenous studies at the University of Winnipeg, said society somehow absorbs the caricature of Indigenous people as normal and acceptable.
“You don’t see toys or games set up that are reconstructing the era of plantation owner and slave. We wouldn’t have to have a discussion about why that’s absolutely offensive,” she said. (CTV Winnipeg)

Winnipeg mom blasts Michaels over
 
Curious Cdn
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It should come with an action figure of a Jesuit Missionary being burnt at the stake after being skinned alive.

.... for added realism.
 
taxslave
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The poor snowflake.
 
Cannuck
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*hug*

You'll feel better tomorrow I'm sure.
 
TenPenny
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I gather she was forced to buy it and make her kids play with it.
 
DaSleeper
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Quote: Originally Posted by taxslave View Post

The poor snowflake.

Poor kids nowadays getting taught to grow up to be snowflakes....They'll never get a chance to play cowboys and Indians, and whoop it up then the Indians win and get to tie the white boy to a tree and pretend to light a fire under him.
 
MHz
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I'll bet she looked under the loin cloth. The question I would be asking is 'Do the Indians get a percentage of the sale?' like the NHL would if their brand was on display.


If a figurine offends you move on until you find one you like or have them all removed as the others probably offend at least 1 person. Perhaps a peace-pipe will offend somebody who had a relative die from a smoking caused ailment, seems like most victims had to bite the bullet on that one.
Stores can put up a sign that says they can refuse to serve certain people and in this woman's case there is no reason for her to be returning to the store or looking it up online as she is looking to be offended. Sane people do the opposite she would never return to the same store no matter what. Perhaps a sigh that says 'We do not serve busy-bodies.' would fix thing and the item would be there for somebody not offended by it.
Can you imagine how shitty all of her days are if this is a trigger event?? lol
 
Cannuck
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Quote: Originally Posted by TenPenny View Post

I gather she was forced to buy it and make her kids play with it.

Yes, what's needed here is more irrelevant arguments
 
TenPenny
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Quote: Originally Posted by Cannuck View Post

Yes, what's needed here is more irrelevant arguments



Yes, indeed, that's why you're here.
 
Hoid
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Quote: Originally Posted by Curious Cdn View Post

It should come with an action figure of a Jesuit Missionary being burnt at the stake after being skinned alive.

.... for added realism.

Ever heard of the Inquisition?
 
Jinentonix
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Quote: Originally Posted by Hoid View Post

Ever heard of the Inquisition?

The Inquisition??

[youtube]5ZegQYgygdw[/youtube]
 
MHz
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That the event from the past where the Royals were allowed to pay a sin-tax so they could keep on doing opium while their surfs were drowned (by mistake) or burned at the stake for much smaller sins?? Sort of like the proposed carbon tax of today.


The opening song in the vid is the same one that is in the cassette (playing in a loop)that is stuck in the tape deck since about 2011. What are the odds eh??
 
Cannuck
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Quote: Originally Posted by TenPenny View Post

Yes, indeed, that's why you're here.

Yes. If we start having relevant arguments, I might start coming for those as well
 
MHz
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All sorts of safety code violations in that place. Somebody should be handing out tickets. Lack of handrails alone would net $10's of dollars.
 
TenPenny
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Quote: Originally Posted by Hoid View Post

Ever heard of the Inquisition?



I certainly wasn't expecting it.
 
MHz
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Quote: Originally Posted by Cannuck View Post

Yes. If we start having relevant arguments, I might start coming for those as well

'might' you sound like you believe a thread needs to have a 'winner'.
 
Cannuck
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Quote: Originally Posted by MHz View Post

'might' you sound like you believe a thread needs to have a 'winner'.

Since I'm here to be entertained by simpletons, I always win
 
DaSleeper
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Winning?

Your name Bob?...........................................

 
petros
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Mad Hatter
 
Hoof Hearted
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I find Winnipeg offensive...and airhead broads who have nothing better to do with their time.
 
Tecumsehsbones
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Tomorrow, Justin Trudeau will deliver a heartfelt apology to all li'l plastic Indians for their horrific treatment at the hands of. . . well. . . his family.
 
Curious Cdn
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Quote: Originally Posted by Hoid View Post

Ever heard of the Inquisition?

Their chief weapons were fear and surprise ...

...surprise and fear ...

...and ruthless efficiency!

Amongst their weapons were fear and surprise and...

Amongst their weaponry were fear and surprise and ruthless efficiency and an almost fanatical devotion to the Pope!
 
Tecumsehsbones
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Quote: Originally Posted by Curious Cdn View Post

Their chief weapons were fear and surprise ...

...surprise and fear ...

...and ruthless efficiency!

Amongst their weapons were fear and surprise and...

Amongst their weaponry were fear and surprise and ruthless efficiency and an almost fanatical devotion to the Pope!

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MHz
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Quote: Originally Posted by Cannuck View Post

Since I'm here to be entertained by simpletons, I always win

The blind leading the blind is still a blind person who is just wandering around.
 
Curious Cdn
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Quote: Originally Posted by Tecumsehsbones View Post

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Crap. We need proper Mods on here to get rid of the Spammers.
 
darkbeaver
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We used to have modertors when it was still feasable but how do you moderate excellance, I mean really how?

It,s of course a preposterous notion of a googleheaded girlish manthing at best.
 
Curious Cdn
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Quote: Originally Posted by darkbeaver View Post

We used to have modertors when it was still feasable but how do you moderate excellance, I mean really how?

It,s of course a preposterous notion of a googleheaded girlish manthing at best.

It's like the CRTC trying to dictate content, you say?
 
taxslave
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Quote: Originally Posted by DaSleeper View Post

Poor kids nowadays getting taught to grow up to be snowflakes....They'll never get a chance to play cowboys and Indians, and whoop it up then the Indians win and get to tie the white boy to a tree and pretend to light a fire under him.

Pretend to light a fire? SHit. Now you tell me.

Probably were not supposed to use live amo either I suppose.
 
gerryh
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Quote: Originally Posted by Hoof Hearted View Post

I find Winnipeg offensive...and airhead broads who have nothing better to do with their time.

"airhead broads" eh....interesting.
 
Hoof Hearted
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Sorry. Would it have pleased you more if I used your language, and called her a c-unt?