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OOPSY DAISY FIASCO; Beeb U-turn over TV toy's white face.

Byline: By Jon Kaila

RED-FACED BBC bosses have been forced to replace a doll - over claims of racism.

Upsy Daisy is the only character from toddlers' show In The Night Garden with a brown face.

But dolls made by US firm Hasbro came back with whiter faces, prompting complaints from parents and antiracism groups.

Robyn Price, 34, said: "Upsy Daisy is brown.

"My four-year-old daughter couldn't understand why I had brought home a white-faced Upsy Daisy doll."

The National Assembly Against Racism said: "By replacing the only brown character with a white-tinted doll, it looks as if the producers of the doll have reverted to racist 1950s attitudes."

BBC Worldwide denied the doll had been lightened for commercial reasons.

But after a review they asked Hasbro to create a new version with a darker face.


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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jan 5, 2009
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