Bed Bath & Beyond has stopped selling black jack-o’-lanterns amid complaints that they are another form of blackface.
The home goods store stopped selling the product following outrage over a Halloween display using the pumpkins in Nyack, New York.
Local law firm Feerick Nugent MacCartney had placed two of the all-black pumpkins adorned with white eyes, nose and mouth outside its office on a bale of hay, but took them down within 48 hours after community members complained, News 12 reported.
Wilbur Aldridge, the regional director at the NAACP, said in a statement that the pumpkin design “shows an extreme lack of sensitivity.”
“By now I would believe everyone [would] know that anything in Black face is offensive… Equally as offensive is that a retail store would have such an item in [their] inventory for general purchase,” the statement read, according to News 12.
The partners at Feerick Nugent MacCartney said they did not mean to offend anyone by displaying the jack-o’-lanterns on the front porch of the law 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.
Marzolla added: “We represent people of all colors and faiths, and we would never do anything to exclude anyone from any community.”
Her associate, Alak Shah, echoed those remarks.
“It’s just nothing I take offense to personally, but since it did offend someone we took proactive steps to take it down,” said Shah.
When News 12 reached out to Bed Bath & Beyond regarding the controversial pumpkins, a spokeswoman for the store apologized and noted, “We have immediately removed the item from sale.”
“This is a sensitive area and, though unintentional, we apologize for any offense caused,” the spokeswoman said.
According to News 12, the store said it took action after the news outlet reached out, but would not say if it had gotten any other complaints on the matter.
Bed Bath & Beyond did not immediately respond to a request for comment by The Post.