DUK to market diabetic doll.

At a press conference today at the Hilton Hotel  DUK sales and marketing guru Sli Spiv was on top form when he announced that DUK were going into the child’s toy business. “This is our first product” gushed Sli “the diabetic doll. We feel this product will increase diabetes awareness and is timed to dovetail into our massive promotion with Tesco” The doll comes with dark glasses and a white stick. Minus a left leg and the right foot resembling four pound of condemned corn beef, the doll is highly authentic. “Kids will love this doll and next month we will launching a great range of accessories including a kidney dialysis machine, insulin pump and wheelchair” When a member of the audience questioned the DUK dietary advice, and stated it was the reason so many diabetics end up looking like the doll, he was swiftly removed from the conference room by two heavies.

OK I know what you are thinking, he has gone completely batshit, am I right, or am I right. But check out the lunacy that Tesco and Asda have been involved in this week regarding kids toys. From offending people who are mentally ill, to winding up gay people. You couldn’t make it up, and these are two of the largest retailers on earth.


BTW Talking of batshit I see the bonkers one is going for the thread lock at diabetes.co.uk here. Sid never fails to entertain, but it is getting sad. He reminds me of a once pro boxer who has become punch drunk, and finishing his days as a fair ground brawler. Or a once faithful dray horse destined for the knackers yard and the glue pot. It ain't gonna end well.

The Independent

The supermarket giant Tesco has apologised for advertising an inflatable “gay best friend” doll on its website. The figure was described as being “ready to give you fashion advice, tell you if your bum looks big and b**ch about everyone who doesn’t wear Jimmy Choos”.

The figure, which was described as an “amusing gift” and “suitable for three- to four-year-olds”, appeared with the description: “If SEX in the City and Will & Grace taught us anything, it’s that g*y best friends are in this season. We’ve had the manbag, we’ve had leg warmers and iPhone fever, now it’s time for the new craze.”

The UK’s biggest retailer said it had removed the “offensive item” and that the product had not been sold. But it comes days after it was forced to remove a Halloween costume labelled “psycho ward” from its shelves. The bright orange costume had the word “committed” written on the back.

Asda also apologised earlier this week after it advertised a “mental patient” costume which showed someone covered in blood and holding a machete. Critics said both costumes stigmatised people with mental health issues. Twitter users reacted angrily yesterday to the inflatable doll, as well as to the supermarket’s decision to use an asterisk in the middle of the word “gay.” Activist Peter Tatchell tweeted: “Can @Tesco explain its G*y Best Friend doll? Why is the word gay censored? Why does the doll pander to stereotypes?”

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