A photographer’s picture of a ‘Gollywog’ doll was banned from an exhibition after complainants accused it of being racist reports the Eastern Daily Press.
Pro photographer Brian Wells of Norfolk had been exhibiting the image in a cafe in Great Yarmouth, for more than a year before it was removed without warning.
He said – “When I first saw the golly lamp, which looked like it was advertising merchandise for Robertson’s and probably dating to the 1930s, I was struck by how unusual it was, and how well the vivid colours would work in a photograph“ .
However a spokesman for the organisation that runs the cafe disagreed and stated that –
“A golly can be interpreted in two ways; either as a dated cuddly toy or a symbol of racism. It was brought to our attention by a number of users of the café who said they found it offensive – and we had two formal complaints”.