The Latest Anne Frank Exploitation

From the same bad taste and insensitivity that brought us the Anne Frank costume for girls comes this:

Tableware company Blond Amsterdam has removed a bowl featuring a smiling Anne Frank cartoon drawing from store shelves after the imagery on the bowl stirred up controversy. The Amsterdam-area company said on Monday that revenue from the bowls already sold will be donated in full to a charity, though that charity has not yet been chosen.

The Israel Information and Documentation Center criticized the depiction of a smiling Anne Frank used to sell bowls in the company’s Hollands Glorie line. The lobbying group for Jewish and Israeli issues called the bowls “extremely inappropriate,” and was among several advising the item be removed from stores.

“The series in which the bowl appeared should be a positive reminder of Dutch scenes and heroes that we are proud of. Unfortunately, this feeling does not come across to everyone in the way we had envisioned. This was absolutely not our intention,” Blond Amsterdam wrote in response to the criticism. The company said they were taken aback by the public response.

I guess there are those who would see appearing on merchandise as a form of “white privilege.”

But it needs to be said: if the company was taken aback by the public response, their vision of the public clearly does not include Jews.

It also needs to be said, as disgraceful as this is, we have even seen worse.

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David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media

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