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Old 02-01-08, 05:15 PM
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Shop pulls "Lolita" bed for young girls

http://www.reuters.com/article/newsO...16848020080201

LONDON (Reuters) - A chain of retail stores in Britain has withdrawn the sale of beds named Lolita and designed for six-year-old girls after furious parents pointed out that the name was synonymous with sexually active pre-teens.

Woolworths said staff who administer the web site selling the beds were not aware of the connection.

In "Lolita," a 1955 novel by Vladimir Nabokov, the narrator becomes sexually involved with his 12-year-old stepdaughter -- but Woolworths staff had not heard of the classic novel or two subsequent films based on it.

Hence they saw nothing wrong with advertising the Lolita Midsleeper Combi, a whitewashed wooden bed with pull-out desk and cupboard intended for girls aged about six until a concerned mother raised the alarm on a parenting website.

"What seems to have happened is the staff who run the website had never heard of Lolita, and to be honest no one else here had either," a spokesman told British newspapers.

"We had to look it up on (online encyclopedia) Wikipedia. But we certainly know who she is now."

Woolworths said the product had now been dropped.

"Now this has been brought to our attention, the product has been removed from sale with immediate effect," the chain said.

"We will be talking to the supplier with regard to how the branding came about."


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This is common vernacular. It's like saying they don't know what shag panties are or something.
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"We had to look it up on (online encyclopedia) Wikipedia. But we certainly know who she is now. We also have also obtained a detailed plot synopsis for every episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and that 'JOHNNY IS A GAYWAD HA HA HA!'"
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Pics! Pics! (Of the bed of course)
I am constantly surprised by the uninformed. How could they not know. Seriously?
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Originally Posted by chris_sc77
Pics! Pics! (Of the bed of course)
I am constantly surprised by the uninformed. How could they not know. Seriously?
They work in marketing. They don't read books, or see movies that weren't advertised on Entertainment Tonight.
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<object width="425" height="355"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/dDwKPGUIVME&rel=1"></param><param name="wmode" value="transparent"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/dDwKPGUIVME&rel=1" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" wmode="transparent" width="425" height="355"></embed></object>
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That video is kinda disturbing. What is that girl, like 12?
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Next up:

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Never heard of Lolita, the novel, or the term? Are these stores located under rocks?
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Hmmmm, that makes my spam make a lot more, yet disturbing, sense. I didn't know the term referred to that. I thought it meant Latinas in general.
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Originally Posted by Kittydreamer
That video is kinda disturbing. What is that girl, like 12?
Alizée Jacotey, probably 16 or so when the song was released (2000).



I guess they will not be selling this fragrance either...
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Originally Posted by movielib
Next up:

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That one took me a second.
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How many promiscuous 6-year old girls are there, anyway. I guess there must be more than I thought if this Lolita bed has caused such an uproar from parents--and their apparently sexually active 6-year old girls.
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Originally Posted by DVD Josh
In "Lolita," a 1955 novel by Vladimir Nabokov, the narrator becomes sexually involved with his 12-year-old stepdaughter -- but Woolworths staff had not heard of the classic novel or two subsequent films based on it.

Hence they saw nothing wrong with advertising the Lolita Midsleeper Combi, a whitewashed wooden bed with pull-out desk and cupboard intended for girls aged about six until a concerned mother raised the alarm on a parenting website.
And that's what it all boils down to.

Anyone still think booklearnin' ain't important in the real world?
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Alizee is beautiful!
I also love her live performance of Madonna's "La Isla Bonita"
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I bet these girls had these beds!
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I think the question to have asked was how did the name Lolita come to them out of the blue?
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Originally Posted by ctyankee
I think the question to have asked was how did the name Lolita come to them out of the blue?
Well, it was either that or 'Fanny Hill'.
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Originally Posted by ctyankee
I think the question to have asked was how did the name Lolita come to them out of the blue?
That's easy...they're full of shit. They knew it, but were probably taking a chance on the name just being accepted as "cute", and didn't think they would be accused of using the name as a tool of corruption.
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Who remembers the name of their bed after buying it?
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i find this to be very hillarious...
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Originally Posted by deadlax
Who remembers the name of their bed after buying it?
I did not even know beds had names. Can you make one up? I think a good one would be The Fuck Palace.
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Originally Posted by dieinafire
I did not even know beds had names. Can you make one up? I think a good one would be The Fuck Palace.
GOB?
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One of my rooms in college was called 'The Sex Palace'. At least that's what was painted on the wall. Didn't ask the bed if it had a name.
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I want to see what the Humbert bed looks like.
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Originally Posted by Jericho
One of my rooms in college was called 'The Sex Palace'. At least that's what was painted on the wall. Didn't ask the bed if it had a name.
You went to Bob Jones University too? What year???

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