Has COVID-19 sucked out our sense of humour along with our freedom? Bunnings has pulled a controversial Christmas decoration off the shelves as some shoppers have complained its inappropriate.
Christmas has come early to the hardware giant with Bunnings stocking a full range of Christmas lights, baubles and fun inflatables. But one poor Christmas decoration has got the axe after a few testy shoppers got into a tizz.
I might have a bit of a warped sense of humour, but a Christmas decoration that makes me giggle gets a big thumbs up from me. But no, the powers that be at Bunnings have made the call that an axe throwing Santa has no place at the Christmas table this year.
The hardware chain said it had withdrawn the new $129 inflatable Christmas decoration after deeming it “inappropriate”.
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“While we’re always looking for unique Christmas items we decided this product wasn’t appropriate and we’ve withdrawn it from sale,” Bunnings director of merchandise Phil Bishop said in a statement.
Stunt Santa Is Out!
The Christmas decoration that got the cut was a massive 1.8m inflatable which include an axe-wielding Santa and a reindeer stuck to a rotating bullseye. The product was topped off with illuminated LED lights.
I Want One!
“It’s really cool, the target deflates after being ‘axed’ and pops back up again,” said one excited shopper on Facebook.
“I’m horrified but want one,” said another.
Karen’s Work Is Done!
While of course there are a few who are clapping their hands in glee, others were left shaking their heads in dismay.
There were one or two brave supporters who expressed their delight:
“Yes, let’s encourage respect for animals. There is so much animal cruelty in the world. Let bring up children to be respectful and caring.”
But most were loudly boo-ing the move to cancel the humorous Christmas decoration.
“My 4 year old thinks that reindeer is super brave and laughed! Inappropriate? Or you’re just teaching your kids to act like sissys and EVERYTHING is offensive, get a grip,” read a comment on Facebook.
“I’m pretty sure people would love to substitute the reindeer for something else..
Ehhhh buy a sense of humor people,don’t like it, don’t buy it! Problem solved!”
“I grow up with and raising my children with if its something inappropriate that’s ok for someone else to have cause they may not find it inappropriate, and the same goes to others with us.
It’s just simple, you don’t like something don’t buy it, you like something buy it.”
“My 10 year old thought it was awesome. They also have Santa riding a shark so his reasoning was the reindeers were no longer needed with Santas new transport”
“Inappropriate, yes. Absolutely hilarious, also yes. And yes, I so would have bought this!”
“FFS does no one have a sense of humour anymore!! This is a Christmas spin on a carnival stunt act, not a torture device. Grow up!”
“I think some ppl need to ask Santa for a sense of humour for Christmas this year”
While the Bunnings Christmas loot no longer includes the stunt Santa, there is still plenty more festive cheer on offer. There’s a Santa riding a shark, driving a forklift full of pressies, and even a musical Santa playing the saxophone.
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