‘Lollipop, Lollipop’

“A West Edmonton Mall candy shop has removed a statue of an ‘indigenous’ man wearing a headdress made of lollipops, following complaints it was an inappropriate use of a ‘sacred’ object. Jacki Zahariuk, manager of ‘Bubble and Gum’, said mall administration contacted the store owner after receiving a complaint and he told her to take it away.

It’s a native statue and there are lollipops for the feathers in his headdress”,
Zahariuk said Monday.
I have been told to move it and it’s no longer in front of my store … It (is) in a backroom.” 

“The store opened June 27. The statue had been on display in the shop for the last two weeks, but was moved to the front of the store Saturday, Zahariuk said. A man complained in person and a woman {Montana Courts} posted photos on Facebook, describing it as inappropriate and unacceptable…
https://www.facebook.com/montana.courts.9/posts/10156314587675272
https://www.facebook.com/montana.courts.9/posts/10156317715100272

To me, if it’s a sacred image, why would they make it? It was brought in from the States. It’s a native guy. He has a peace pipe and tomahawk and bow and arrow”,
Zahariuk said.
It’s a beautiful piece.”

–‘Lollipop headdress statue removed at West Edmonton Mall after complaints of racism’,
GORDON KENT, Calgary Herald, August 13, 2018

https://calgaryherald.com/news/local-news/lollipop-headdress-statue-removed-at-west-edmonton-mall-after-complaints-of-racism/wcm/b6666c23-bfac-4c9b-a1c5-2eb4efef02c9

Statue at ‘Bubble and Gum’, a candy store at West Edmonton Mall. (MONTANA COURTS-Facebook)

The ‘Aboriginal Narrative’, from a partial aboriginal…
“Montana Courts saw the display, a statue of an ‘indigenous’ man wearing a headdress made with lollipops, at ‘Bubble and Gum’ on Sunday.

I was appalled that someone had thought that it [was] okay“,
the recent university graduate told ‘HuffPost Canada’ in a message.
As a Métis person, I was offended by it.” …

It was important for me to speak up because, while it might seem like a little thing, it’s a ‘microaggression’ that’s a part of a larger problem“,
Courts told ‘HuffPost Canada’.
We have our missing and murdered sisters, a large homeless population, higher incarceration rates, and so on. It perpetuates harmful stereotypes, in addition to being disrespectful about our sacred objects.”

“Manager Jacki Zahariuk said that “everybody loves” the statue and it sells lots of lollipops…”

–‘West Edmonton Mall Candy Store Removes Statue After Complaint’,
Emma Paling, HuffPost Canada, 08/13/2018

https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2018/08/13/west-edmonton-mall-candy-store-removes-statue-after-complaint_a_23501581/

Statue removed from the Bubble and Gum store at West Edmonton Mall after complaints it was offensive to one person, Aug. 13, 2018. (Montana Courts-FACEBOOK)

And the usual reactionary nonsense from the Toronto Star:
“Backlash from a weekend Facebook post led a West Edmonton Mall candy store to remove a tasteless statue on Monday…”

–‘West Edmonton Mall store removes statue with headdress made of lollipops’,
HAMDI ISSAWI, StarMetro Edmonton, Aug. 13, 2018

https://www.thestar.com/edmonton/2018/08/13/west-edmonton-mall-store-removes-statue-with-headdress-made-of-lollipops.html

COMMENT: “I am ‘indigenous’, and this is the most ridiculous claim of racism that I have seen to date! You should rather be proud that a monumental figure of our heritage is standing proud at a candy store or anywhere else. It’s a part of your Canadian Heritage! You should have just shut your trap and bought a f’in sucker!”
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“Let me get this straight, Montana sees a display at a store and it offends her. Just another case of some nosy person getting upset at something that has absolutely nothing to do with her. You are probably as ‘indigenous’ as I am Hispanic. Let’s rename bridges, remove statues and try to erase history because it offends a few individuals. Let’s not build a pipeline because a vocal minority doesn’t want it. Let’s all vote for a politician because even though they absolutely suck at what they do….they are really cool on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Heheheh…..Millennials.”
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“Nothing hurtful about this to me! At least someone is displaying something about our culture! They’re f’n lollipops!”
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“Its cool. Why is it offensive.?? I’m native and i want one of the suckers. Like, really. Let’s call cbc aptn cnn. 😂”
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“If you are so easily offended that a candy holder offends you because it looks like a sacred item, get some help, I’m native but i don’t put such meaning in certain objects that i appropriate everything that isn’t doing any harm to anyone. Was the object physically harming you? If not, then shut up… Honestly, no one cares what sacred item it is; we live in such a diverse nation that we will share culture. If you don’t like it, then stay on your reserves.” 

https://calgaryherald.com/news/local-news/lollipop-headdress-statue-removed-at-west-edmonton-mall-after-complaints-of-racism/wcm/b6666c23-bfac-4c9b-a1c5-2eb4efef02c9


See also:
Let’s Talk About Cultural Appropriation, Shall We?’:
“I made a video with this feathered headdress that I bought from an online store in Indonesia. I got full on death threats, abuse, hate and racism. And do you know why it got so many views and so much hate mail? Because they go ballistic over everything that they can find to be offended by…” https://www.facebook.com/ENDRACEBASEDLAW/photos/a.336196793149227.59519.332982123470694/676287059140197/?type=3 


Save The Gretzkys!’:
“Dozens of commenters wrote to Gretzky, lambasting the hockey wife for photographing the girls in traditional ‘First Nations’ headdresses. They accused her of ‘cultural appropriation’…”
https://endracebasedlawcanadanews.wordpress.com/2016/08/09/save-the-gretzkys/


Pharrell Williams sorry for wearing ‘First Nation’ headdress‘:
“Pharrell Williams is apologizing to his fans after appearing in a ‘First Nation’ headdress on the cover of a fashion magazine…”
https://www.facebook.com/ENDRACEBASEDLAW/photos/a.336196793149227.59519.332982123470694/496772070425031/?type=1 


It’s That Time Of Year Again’:
“Halloween is usually a time of fun for the whole family but Native groups in Montreal are upset over costumes that they are calling ‘racist’…”
https://endracebasedlaw.wordpress.com/2016/10/31/its-that-time-of-year-again/ 


Poisoning Children’s Minds’:
“The message my daughter got was that she could not pretend — could not even imagine herself — to be a Native person. She got the message that a barrier existed between herself and the “Native princess’ she wanted to be — the barrier of race. And nothing could surmount that barrier. Not even a child’s imagination.”
https://endracebasedlaw.wordpress.com/2017/11/03/poisoning-childrens-minds/
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