Anthropologie Selling The Ugliest, Most Offensive $400 Candlestick Ever
Today’s installment of eyesore comes in the form of the $398 “Trinket & Treasure” candlestick, a 21″ stack of junky flea market finds atop a brassy base. While some of the “trinkets” are harmless, albeit hideous, renderings of cacti and puppy dogs, others happen to enforce ugly racist stereotypes, as outdated souvenirs are wont to do. One candlestick in particular features a black “mammy” figurine atop a J.F.K bell, stacked above a porcelain Asian figure.
Here is how Anthropologie describes the product:
An assortment of found knickknacks, from antique animals to painted porcelain gentry and filigree tin, stack tall to form Primitive Twig’s taper holder. The decorative elements vary from piece to piece; no two are alike.
You know what that means? There are others! So many others. They may not all check quite so many racism boxes in one fell swoop, but at the very least they’re each offensively ugly in their own, special way.
UPDATE: Anthropologie has pulled the item from the website and issued an apology. Via BuzzFeed:
“An independent artisan makes these one-of-a-kind candlesticks from vintage ceramics. Unfortunately two that we received included extremely inappropriate figurines, and we have removed them from our website. We sincerely regret the offense we have caused.”
See for yourself in the gallery below: