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This treasured children’s toy was common throughout many Australian homes, right up till the 1960s. Now it’s making a comeback, despite many people claiming the toy’s design is politically incorrect and even offensive.

Golliwog dolls are now being marketed as ‘gollys,’ but their distinctive black skin, oversized lips and frizzy hair haven’t changed. Toymakers claim the golly’s resurgence is thanks to a demand for handcrafted toys.

“We have had such a great response with the dolls, with many people having said it was nice to find a doll that wasn’t made of plastic or was part of a big brand,” said Ben Jones, a Queensland-based store director who is currently selling gollys.

Not everyone is convinced. One Facebook user, Christine Beckett, directed the following comment towards popular retailer Darrell Lea. “I nearly came into your shop on Wednesday to buy Xmas chocs for the family. I stoped when I saw the golliwogs displayed in the shop window. Really? What century do you live in?”

Opinion is certainly divided. Depending on where you stand, golliwogs may be little more than a much-loved traditional toy. But for some others, gollys may represent an outdated example of racism that Australians should not return too.

What do you think? Are gollys racist? Or are they a harmless children’s gift in 2015? Would you buy one for your grandchild?

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  1. What a load of rubbish, My cousin makes them for her Grandchildren and they love them. PLEASE STOP ALL THE POLITICAL CORRECTNESS IT IS DESTROYING OUR WONDERFUL COUNTRY!

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  2. The one thing I envied my cousins was that they had golliwogs and I didn’t. They were soft and cuddly and a DOLL, for goodness sake. How precious are we when toys have to be politically correct.

  3. Ban all dolls as I am offended that other races are cuddling white dolls. So wrong. Teaching terrorists children who to hate. So wrong. ( This said as a sarcastic comment what does it matter what colour doll. Golliwog dolls are probably the most loved, how can that be wrong.)

  4. Yes I love the golly , remembering as a child how cuddly it was to hold, and was well loved.
    I don’t see anything wrong with it at all, its a well loved doll.

  5. Some people just need to calm down, and stop this nonsense, of course they are ok and lovely, what if the dark skinned people wanted to ban white dolls? Let’s not have any dolls at all, let’s just all live and be happy

  6. Children love and hug their soft toys – I see no problem with this – lots of potential benefits.

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    • My Mum wouldn’t let me have one as she thought they were frightening, and as a very young child I might have been scared of them. It wasn’t until they became politically incorrect that I even knew they were supposed to be a representation of a person. To me they were just a golly, in the same way as a teddy was a teddy, not a bear.

  7. Love golliwogs. It’s a toy, one to be cuddled and have fun with. Who cares what colour it is. If colour is the issue for some, make them in brown, white and tan as well.

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