Bed Bath & Beyond pulls black jack o’lanterns from shelves over ‘blackface’ complaints

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NYACK, N.Y. (WTVO) — Bed Bath & Beyond have removed black jack o’ lanterns from store shelves after complaints that the pumpkins were a form of blackface.

According to News 12, community members in Nyack were offended by a Halloween display in front of the Feerick, Nugent, MacCartney Law Offices.

The jack o’lanterns are made of black plastic with eyes and mouth painted in white.

The law firm says they removed the display within 48 hours after setting them out, after receiving complaints.

“We understand that someone complained about them and so once we got word of that we immediately took them down,” Mary Marzolla, a partner at the law firm.

The local director of the NAACP, Wilbur Aldridge, said the pumpkins showed an “extreme lack of sensitivity.”

Bed Bath & Beyond apologized for selling the pumpkins, saying that any offense was unintentional and that it “immediately removed” the offending jack o’ lanterns from sale.

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