The word Eskimo was unacceptable in her country and carried with it negative racial connotations, she told the Taranaki Daily News.Oh dear. There's a point here, obviously - we probably wouldn't think that some liquorice shapes called 'Gollolliewogs' were particularly appropriate. Or, I don't know, 'Jewbes', chewy, expensive Semitic shapes marketed by Hitler Sweets Ltd. So why does it seem to me like Ms Parson's complaint is a bit frivolous? I don't even really like the lollies. Perhaps because New Zealanders really know nothing about the inhabitants of the Arctic region and their culture, they're not like real people who get offended by things. Or perhaps 'Eskimo' just really isn't up there with World's Worst Insults.
The correct term was Inuit, Ms Parsons said. "I was taken aback. When I was a little girl white kids in the community used to tease me about it in a bad way. It's just not the correct term," she said.
She also believed the shape of the lolly was an unfair stereotype of her people.
For such a stupid issue, a lot of the debate seems quite wrong-headed.
Because that means they're not racist, right? Sigh.
But Cadbury Australia and New Zealand communications manager Daniel Ellis said Cadbury/Pascall did not intend to rename or remove the product.
"Pascall Eskimos are an iconic New Zealand lolly and have been enjoyed by millions of New Zealanders since they first hit shop shelves way back in 1955," he said.
"They continue to be incredibly popular today. Last year, we produced almost 19 million individual Eskimos."
Anyway, guess where this 'debate' ended up. It actually produced one of the most enlightening and informative YV debates of recent times:
Good idea, that'll fix everything.
Neevey (Onehunga): yeah change it to inuits
Tracey Cooper (Albany): So, do we now have supermodels who are going to be mortally offended by lollipops - or perhaps we may have some lazy islanders who could be upset by say coconut rough or pineapple lumps [...]Oops - your fly's undone and your racism is showing.
Yeah, that's right, Stuart. You love the cone.
stuart allen (United Kingdom): [...] I'm sure that someone, somewhere in the world is going to be offended by something else in the world. As a hetrosexual should I be offended that in NZ my icecream is given to me on a Gaytime cone? Hell no! I love them.
How does it become racist? It's easy. Ching Chong Chinaman icecream. Lazy Gummi Dole-bludging Maoris. Now you try.
karen hawxhurst (United States of America): [...] Amazing what people find the need to get upset about in this day and age. Surely there are far more pressing matters up for discussion! And how on earth does naming a lolly or an ice-cream for that matter become racist? Again, amazing!
Well remind me not to visit Opawa any time soon.
JD (Opawa): How dare a visitor to this country be so insensitive to OUR culture.
Eskimo - Eskimo - ESKIMO!
We pride ourselves at offending everyone where I come from.
Sasha's criteria for whether or not an issue is worth discussing: Will it stop the crime in the worlds? If not, she'll be offended that you wasted her valuable crime-solving time by bringing it up.
Sasha Siale (Queensland): Oh dear,here goes another issue risen which will not stop the crime in the worlds! Eskimoes are one of my favourite childhood lollies must I say.
I feel insulted just for being told to name it something else. Not very good!
Block of Cheese (Auckland): Hmmmmm this is an interesting one. It doesn't really bother me because I don't eat them. [...]Thank you for your valuable contribution, 'Block of Cheese'. I don't know you, so it doesn't bother me if a husky Uzbek attaches electrodes to your testicles and administers a hearty shock.
Tracey Thomson (Remuera): I would probably be offended if I went to Canadia and found Pakeha lollies for sale. Level of offence would depend on the shape of the lollies.I know that I would be very offended if I went to Canadia and the Pakeha lollies were shaped anything like Tracey Thomson.
pippynz (Morningside, Auckland): If this is the only thing she takes back from NZ, then I feel sorry for the little fluffy-bonneted girl. [...]Not only are New Zealanders not racist, we're not condescending either.
Luigi, the dirty wog who should be fixing my plumbing, is sick of the PC brigade. You know, the PC brigade who are demanding that Pascall's change the name of the lollies? And when I say 'brigade', I mean 'one tourist'.
Luigi (Auckland): Here we go again. the "PC" brigade is now on the band wagon because one Canadian tourist has decided that there is an offensive "link" between an Eskimo lolly and her Inuit roots. [...]
This is PC gone mad again and should be treated accordingly. I had hoped that this PC c**p was dumped by the majority of New Zealanders (Kiwis) at the last election. Clearly not by all.
He's right. I lived in Glasgow for quite a while, and if you call a Scottish guy in the street Scottish, he will stab you in the mouth.
Bruce f (Te Kuiti): I find the terms English toffee, Scottish shortbread, Welsh rarebit, Irish cream, Kiwifruit, Australian Coon cheese, etc., all very offensive! Come off it you P.C. clowns. Wait until my mate Eskimo Joe hears about this.
WelshJerry (Waiheke Island): I am an Inuit from Nunuvthat originally, now living in your beautiful town of Huntley. When I first came here I was shocked to see Eskimo sweets on the shelves, but I was persuaded to try one, and found them so delicious that I was able to put aside my concerns that they carried racist overtones. I now enjoy a packet of Eskimos every week, and my children are addicted to them.I have my suspicions that this poster may not be all that he seems:
- He misspells Nunavut.
- His name is clearly Welshjerry, not Inuitjerry.
- He claims to live both in Huntly and on Waiheke.
- He refers to Huntly as 'beautiful'.
I could go on - this is without doubt the most hilarious YV I have ever read. I suspect that, because I don't really care about the issue, I can better recognise the innate idiocy of the comments. So much joy from such a stupid story - I'm far too amused to even get angry at why the Herald reported this and then courted its redneck demographic by putting it on "Your Views". To finish up, here is celebrity actor Roger Moore, now ensconced in charming Te Atatu, sharing his two incomprehensible cents:
Roger Moore (Te Atatu South): All i can say if that is all people have to moan about in todays world they must lead a pretty boring life.
It is a lolly for petes sake that has been around for years next thing you will have boeing complaining that jet planes are offensive get a life