Bed, Bath and Beyond Pulls Black Jack-o-Lanterns Amid Complaints

After complaints from locals in Nyack, New York, Bed, Bath and Beyond pulls black jack-o’-lanterns from its website. According to News 12, the law offices of Feerick, Nugent, MacCartney Law Offices on South Broadway displayed the festive Halloween decorations on their steps a week ahead of Halloween, but they took them down two days later.

News 12 spoke to the specialty retail behemoth and was able to get a comment from a spokeswoman who said, “We have immediately removed the item from the sale. This is a sensitive area and, though unintentional, we apologize for any offense caused.”

Regional director at the NAACP, Wilbur Aldridge, said in a statement to the New York Post, “By now I would believe everyone [would] know that anything in Blackface is offensive… Equally as offensive is that a retail store would have such an item in [their] inventory for general purchase.”

When asked about the outdoor decor, Mary Marzolla, who is a partner at the firm, explained to News 12 that her team meant no harm in placing the black jack-o’-lanterns on the steps of their office.

“We understand that someone complained about them and so once we got word of that we immediately took them down,” Mary Marzolla, a partner at the law firm, told News 12.

“We represent people of all colors and faiths, and we would never do anything to exclude anyone from any community,” she adds.

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