‘No sign of any male things to sexually assault’: Poundland is slammed for selling ‘disgustingly sexist’ novelty ‘Booby’ and ‘Booty’ marshmallows urging shoppers to ‘squeeze’ them
- Budget chain is selling marshmallows shaped like breasts and women’s bottoms
- Products are on sale in the ‘novelty’ section for children for price of just 50p
- One shopper spotted them in Bolton branch and branded them ‘objectifying’
- Poundland defended its right to sell the sweets saying they’re ‘not for everyone’
Poundland has come under fire for selling marshmallows shaped like ‘boobies’ and ‘booties’ with packaging asking customers to ‘squeeze’ them.
The pink sweets in the shape of women’s breasts and bottoms are sold in the budget chain’s ‘novelty’ department, which is largely aimed at children.
They are on sale for 50p and have ‘squidge my cheeks’ and ‘a cracking pair’ written on the packets.
They were spotted by one shopper in Poundland’s Bolton store, Greater Manchester, triggering a furious social media backlash.
They have been dubbed ‘sexist’, ‘objectifying’ and even been accused of encouraging violence against women.
Pink sweets in the shape of women’s breasts and bottoms are being sold in Poundland’s ‘novelty’ department, which is largely aimed at children
The sweets were spotted in Bolton and triggered a major backlash on social media
Gemma Aitchison wrote on Twitter: ‘What exactly are you trying to say with these products, Poundland, to the families who come in store?
‘No sign of any male things to sexually assault. No testicles to grab at? Why do we have candy like this, usually made for children?’
They are on sale for 50p and have ‘squidge my cheeks’ and ‘be gentle’ written on the packet
She later added: ‘I know they are marshmallows and I understand that marshmallows aren’t ‘the end of the world’.
‘But I also know that sexual objectification is linked to violence and, for companies, profit.
‘Corporations create and profit from sexual objectification but don’t want any responsibility for it. We need to call them out on this.’
Others saw Ms Aitchison’s tweet and responded with more angry comments.
Josephine Liptrott, from London, wrote: ‘Oh my goodness. That is APPALLING. The sexualisation and objectification of women even in marshmallow form?
‘And that pornified illustration… I’m absolutely flabbergasted that anyone thought these names and illustrations were in any way acceptable.
‘Like something out of an Anne Summers catalogue. Dear lord, Poundland, it’s still 1972 in your stores.
‘This is an absolute disgrace. So damaging to normalise such appalling sexism and objectification.’
The ‘boobies’ and ‘booty’ sweets have been dubbed ‘sexist’, ‘objectifying’ and have even been accused of encouraging violence against women
Meanwhile, another Twitter user by the name of ‘Thatcherated Fats’ wrote: ‘Disappointing to see porn culture at Poundland on the shelves.’
Another, with the username Judith’s Sword, added: ‘That is so gross. Misogynist and, unsurprisingly, also perverted.
‘Imagine your four-year-old grabbing that and caring it around the store.’
And Emma Payne commented: ‘Poundland, can you explain why on earth you are selling these sexist products?
One shopper wrote of the sweets (pictured): ‘No sign of any male things to sexually assault. No testicles to grab at? Why do we have candy like this, usually made for children?’
The packaging of the ‘booty’ Poundland sweets reads: ‘Squide my cheeks’
‘Have you thought about the impact they might have on women & children reading the packaging?’
A Poundland spokesman said: ‘If something’s offended you, we won’t force you to buy it.
‘It’s fine for you to look the other way and ignore it. Here at Poundland, we think it’s ok that sometimes we don’t always get it right for everyone.
‘Because, frankly it’s impossible to do that. Just because someone doesn’t like something we do, we also believe that doesn’t give them the automatic right to stop us doing it for thousands of other people who like it.’
Poundland defended their right to sell the sweets, despite people finding them offensive. File image used