Poundland recently came under fire from concerned shoppers for selling a range of ‘sexist’ marshmallows shaped like boobs and bums
Earlier this week, bargain high street store Poundland was criticised by customers for releasing a range of ‘boobies’ and ‘booty’ marshmallows – which people were encouraged to squeeze.
The bizarre sweets were sold in the ‘novelty’ section of the shop and the packaging featured phrases such as “a cracking pair” and “squidge my cheeks”.
These words enraged many women, who also objected to the store’s lack of penis-shaped sweets.
But despite social media uproar over the marshmallows, Poundland were unapologetic about the obvious offence they had caused.
Instead of issuing an apology to those who had complained, the company merely told them to “ignore” the issue.
A spokesperson for Poundland 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.”
hey added: “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.”
Gemma Aitchinson first spotted the sweets in a Poundland in Bolton.
She shared photos of them on Twitter , writing: “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?”
She went on to explain: “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.”
Her tweet garnered a lot of attention, with over 100 likes.
Many people responded sharing their shock over the items, with one saying “WTF??” and another adding “Ewww.”