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Tesco withdraws 'gay' figure.

Byline: DAVID MERCER

TESCO has withdrawn an inflatable figure labelled "gay best friend" which it featured on its online store.

It said it was "very sorry" for the "offensive" product which was described on its website as an "amusing gift".

It comes a day after the retailer - along with Asda - apologised for advertising "psycho ward" and "mental patient" fancy dress outfits.

Tesco has since removed the advert and claimed that while the product description and picture could still be seen on its website yesterday morning, none of the inflatables were sold and they have been unavailable for purchase for the last two months.

A Tesco spokesman said: "This product was uploaded to the website by a third party seller but was removed from sale immediately because we found it offensive."

The description of the product, which had censored the word gay from its product title, said: "If SEX in the City and Will & Grace taught us anything, it's that g*y best friends are in this season."

The London Gay Men's Chorus, a group made up of over 200 gay men "of all shapes and sizes, of all ages and from different backgrounds'', expressed offence at the asterisk in 'gay' on Tesco's website.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Daily Post (Conwy, Wales)
Date:Sep 28, 2013
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