Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Walmart withdraws hooked nose ‘Sheik Fagin’ from Halloween store

THE NEW YORK TIMES
By Robert Mackey
Morris Costumes FA142 Sheik Fagin Nose
After a raft of complaints on social networks, Walmart on Tuesday stopped selling a large prosthetic nose, described in its online Halloween store as “perfect for an Arab Sheik.” The retailer acted just hours after the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee expressed its concern that the bizarrely named “Sheik Fagin Nose” would be used in “racist anti-Arab costumes.” Fagin, originally referred to as just “the Jew” when “Oliver Twist” was first serialized in 1837, distressed members of England’s 19th-century Jewish community from the start. [link]