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Australian Stores Remove Golliwog Dolls to Avoid Offending Oprah

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"Golliwogs are deeply offensive..."

America's talk show queen is shipping her production to the land of Oz, but controversy isn't far behind.

According to reports out of Australia, a doll shop in Melbourne has removed some Golliwog dolls from its display windows following a visit from Oprah's reps.

The Dafel Dolls and Bears Shop is set to host a cocktail party for some of Oprah's guests on Friday evening, but after a meeting with Oprah's production crew, the store's owner made the decision to pull the dolls from the display. Many are speculating the dolls may have offended Ms. Winfrey and/or her guests.

The Golliwogs were characters featured in children's books in the late 19th century and are now depicted as various types of rag dolls. The only Golliwog doll to be removed from the storefront window display was "Mamee," a washer woman.  The Herald-Sun reports:

Golliwogs are deeply offensive to Americans because of their perceived links to slavery and racism.

The store owner declined to comment because she had signed a confidentiality agreement with Harpo productions, but confirmed a meeting had taken place. ...

Dafel's has sold dolls and toys, including golliwogs, in the Block Arcade since 1945.

During Oprah's trip to Australia -- dubbed Winfrey’s 'Ultimate Adventure' -- the talk show host plans to tape three shows.  Meanwhile, her 300-guest audience will get to enjoy eight days of site-seeing, surfing lessons and beachside barbecues.

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