When Janet Jackson received a doll as a present during her recent tour, she wasn’t totally sure what to make of it.
The singer has taken to her Twitter account to post a photo of the gift she is understood to have received during her Number Ones: Up Close and Personal series of shows. The present was a golliwog doll and Janet has asked her fans to comment on it.
“During the tour, I was given this doll named Maria. She was advertised as lifelike. How does Maria make you feel?,” Janet wrote on Twitter alongside a photo of the doll.
The doll sparked angry reactions from her followers. “@JanetJackson I think the doll is in very poor taste. You”d think in 2012 people would have much more class and not be so ignorant,” said one fan.
The Golliwog or golly doll is a rag doll with frizzy black hair and skin based on a character in children’s books in the late 19th century.
The term golliwog has since been used as racial slur to black people.
What do you think of the “gift”?