A T-shirt that shows a mermaid from the popular children’s book ‘That’s Not My Mermaid’, which also includes the caption ‘her hair is too fluffy’ has caused controversy after being branded racist.
Speaking to Kent Live about the controversial piece of clothing, Ms Wells said: “We were walking down the main middle aisle and we saw the set from a distance. I got excited because diversity in clothing is particularly rare.
“I read the text on the shirt and was really shocked. It’s not something any child should read on a t-shirt, and it perpetuates a stereotype – it’s racism.
Ms Wells added that it was vital for all ‘children’ to see themselves represented properly, saying: “Tesco needs to do better. They clearly need to diversify their purchasing team and be aware of this.
“It is not a new issue, especially with all that has been in the media recently, ignorance is not an excuse anymore. It makes me feel so sad and angry that this is how black children are growing up.
Since the complaint was made, Tesco has apologised for the offence caused and confirmed that it would not be stocking the t-shirt in the future.