Tesco's bizarre and offensive inflatable "g*y best friend"

(40 Posts)
Flowerybitch Fri 27-Sep-13 13:29:41

Tesco’s ‘bizarre’ and ‘offensive’ inflatable ‘g*y best friend’ doll causes storm one day after ‘psycho ward’ outfit removed..

What are are your views??


YouTheCat Fri 27-Sep-13 13:31:26

Tesco are stupid twats.

BuskersCat Fri 27-Sep-13 13:31:41

I want to know why the word gay the a is starred out. It is hardly a swear word!!

EdithWeston Fri 27-Sep-13 13:31:48

It's already been removed from sale.

Tesco claim it was put on their website be a third party (the manufacturer?). If that is true, Tesco really need to look at how they manage relationships with their suppliers and permissions to upload to their site.

BuskersCat Fri 27-Sep-13 13:32:06

What are your views OP hmm

chicaguapa Fri 27-Sep-13 13:33:31

Tesco have a poor history of managing their suppliers, despite having gone to great pains to convince the consumer otherwise.

That's my view.

kinkyfuckery Fri 27-Sep-13 13:34:37

The cynic in me thinks it's a publicity stunt after seeing the publicity (even bad publicity is advertising, no?) that Asda are getting after their blunder this week.

babybarrister Fri 27-Sep-13 13:37:44

Sorry but isn't this meant to be a joke?! how do the outraged know whether in fact it has been manufactured by someone gay or not? I am quite sure my real gay friends find it hilarious. The head of Stonewall was rather less frothing than some on here appear to be - he said he thought it rather pointless given there was no shortage of the real thing in the UK

BuskersCat Fri 27-Sep-13 13:41:10

It is modelled on 'the gay best friend' from sex in the city. I take onus to the fact that they think Gay is an expletive and the age range is 3-4!

YouTheCat Fri 27-Sep-13 13:42:01

It is pointless, yes. Why couldn't they market this cheap plastic tat as an inflatable best friend? No need whatsoever to add g*y and plus the stupid fucking asterisk like gay is a swear word or something.

I stand by my previous comment that Tesco are stupid twats. I believe this to be true for many, many reasons and would rather eat roadkill than ever shop there.

MardyBra Fri 27-Sep-13 13:42:22
Flowerybitch Fri 27-Sep-13 13:45:32

My brother is G*y, and I think if I showed him this he would laugh.. "blow up man with a pink top and bright blue shorts" My brother would not be seen dead in anything like this.. I think its wrong to stereo-type gay people like this! I agree with KINKYFUCKERY maybe a publicity stunt too?

OHforDUCKScake Fri 27-Sep-13 13:45:42

Whats the problem?


Teapigging Fri 27-Sep-13 13:52:30

Oh, I don't know, maybe the problem is an entire segment of the world's population being reduced to a dopey accessory who will 'give you fashion advice, tell you if your bum looks big, and b*tch about anyone not wearing Jimmy Choos [spelled wrong into the bargain]'...?

Also, how nice to be told by Tesco that your sexuality is 'in' this season.

Teapigging Fri 27-Sep-13 13:55:02

Not to mention the usual associations of the inflatable doll.

God knows who even the thickest manufacturers thought would buy it, though. The website bumf says 3-4 year olds, but then name checks SATC, Will and Grace and Jimmy Choo..?

ubik Fri 27-Sep-13 13:56:52

I always wanted a gay son. Do they have a gay son?

YouTheCat Fri 27-Sep-13 13:58:04

I'm not sure. But I feel like Tesco are telling me I have somehow deprived my kids because they didn't have a 'g*y best friend' when they were 4.

The shame.

MardyBra Fri 27-Sep-13 14:02:10

No self-respecting gay man would wear pointy plastic shoes, surely.

ubik Fri 27-Sep-13 14:12:50

The gay best friend is indeed the ultimate pre school fashion accessory.

YouTheCat Fri 27-Sep-13 14:14:24

Damn, I have maimed my kids for life.

PatPig Fri 27-Sep-13 14:23:39

These stories are all bollocks.

The text was imported automatically from play.com


As you can see, same text, if you look under 'Key Features', that's the second part of the prose, and it cuts off at 'Hen par....'

Nobody at Tesco had a thing to do with it.

They weren't even selling it.

It's an innocuous £5 doll that some one on £6/hour working for play.com wrote a silly description for, and it got AUTOMATICALLY imported into Tesco's database.

You can still buy it here if you like.


This stuff was online for a year or more, and nobody raised an eyebrow.

Flowerybitch Fri 27-Sep-13 14:29:58

But why "GAY best friend", could it not just have been "best friend"?

ubik Fri 27-Sep-13 14:33:27

I know, Flowerybitch. I'd have just stuck with tinky winky.

YouTheCat Fri 27-Sep-13 14:38:23

Maybe Tesco should work on their online security a bit then if this can happen?

They are still twats.

PatPig Fri 27-Sep-13 14:39:54

Play.com are to blame for this. Not Tesco.

There is all kinds of dodgy stuff on Amazon, but nobody gets upset about that.

YouTheCat Fri 27-Sep-13 14:42:37

They do actually - 'How to be a paedophile'? hmm

Tesco are to blame. Their website shouldn't allow this kind of thing to happen. How secure are people's details on there? It begs many questions.

PatPig Fri 27-Sep-13 14:51:40

I don't see what this has got to do with people's details.

Tesco, Amazon, and Play.com all run very similar operations where they have absolutely mahoosive databases of products, which Tesco/Amazon/Play do not actually sell, touch or handle, they just act as a directory for smaller companies to sell and advertise their products.

They all import blurb from numerous different sources and the third party retailers can tell Tesco's computers when they have a product to sell. No human involvement. Tesco spent £££££ on IT with the result that they can use their brand name and successful website to take 10% (or whatever it is) off third-party sales made via their website.

YouTheCat Fri 27-Sep-13 14:56:09

Yes but presumably someone from Tesco would actually have to import that description to their website in the first place.

Unless, of course, Tesco have been hacked.

SueDoku Fri 27-Sep-13 14:59:37
PatPig Fri 27-Sep-13 15:54:08

Why do you think someone at Tesco would have had to import that?

It's been done by a computer. That's why it cuts off at the end, the length of the field is limited and the script just truncates it.

mrspremise Fri 27-Sep-13 17:53:28

Clearly "fake plastic person wearing cunty shoes" ( poss censored as c*nty) would be more appropriate. One assumes, anyway grin

JenaiMorris Fri 27-Sep-13 18:25:20

That has to be one of the world's most offensive asterisks.

It's an astonishingly stupid product and Tesco are knobheads for allowing suppliers to upload shit willy nilly. People assume, quite reasonably, that stuff for sale on their website has been sourced by Tesco buyers. If it was Amazon or Ebay we were talking about and they'd removed the product from sale as soon as they were informed, objections would be levelled at the seller, not the site.

TiggyD Fri 27-Sep-13 18:39:40

It's an outrage!

'Gay' is still seen as an insult by many. sad Oh well. It's gone and life goes on.

PatPig Fri 27-Sep-13 21:12:14

It did actually clearly say on the side that the product is not available.

babybarrister Fri 27-Sep-13 22:31:38

SueDoko is absolutely right - that pasta IS something we should all be boycotting. It cannot possibly be a joke when the head of Barilla pasta says he won't use gay couples to advertise the pasta as he only rates 'traditional' families .... He then 'clarified' that what he meant was that women are at the heart of making pasta hmm - so what about lesbians then?! grin

serin Fri 27-Sep-13 23:01:35

It's only a couple of months ago that we had a thread on here asking who your gay best friend would be. I protested and was a lone voice! in fact I got told to "shut up" "lighten up" and "F off" by various posters who honestly could not see that they were offensive.

TiggyD Fri 27-Sep-13 23:11:55

It's not the gay best friend that people find offensive. It's the fact they censored GAY like it's a rude word.

0utnumbered Sat 28-Sep-13 00:36:53

People need to realise that 'Gay' isn't the same as 'Camp'...

TrueStory Sat 28-Sep-13 05:38:05

it sort of made me laugh, though seems mist bizarre item to buy in a supermarket. I'd actuslly rather like one. My life is far too difficult/unglamerous to have a resl gay BF. Perhaps this will do?

TrueStory Sat 28-Sep-13 05:38:58

i meant REAL gay best friend :-)

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