Deemed racially insensitive, David Ortiz bobbleheads sent back

Bobbleheads have been a “thing” for a couple of decades now with little sign that their popularity is ebbing, but we are still waiting for the first bobblehead that actually looks like the person it intends to portray.

Does this look like David Ortiz?

The Boston Red Sox didn’t think so, calling it “racially insensitive.” So it canceled the planned 15,000 bobblehead giveaway last night when the team played the rival New York Yankees.

“My gut feeling was if I have that negative reaction then our fans may as well,” team president Sam Kennedy told the Associated Press. “We just made the decision to scrap the whole thing. We apologize to everyone tonight and will make it up to fans.”

The bobblehead was meant to commemorate this moment: When Ortiz dropped an “F bomb” at the team’s first game after the attacks at the Boston Marathon.

Compare and contrast man to bobblehead.

“That’s supposed to be me?” Ortiz told the Boston Globe, then dropping another obscenity and saying he agreed with the team’s decision.

  • Gary F

    No, it doesn’t look like him. I not sure many ever do. But racially insensitive? Come on people, using this term so loosely just ruins the argument for people who really have to battle with racism.

    • Neil

      So what would you have done differently?

  • John O.

    Since the 15,000 bobbleheads are reportedly “quarantined,” it would be interesting to see if any show up on Craigslist, eBay, etc.

  • Rob

    It looks like the team got just what it asked for – a commemoration of Ortiz’s F bomb moment. Not seeing the racial insensitivity, but maybe I’m missing something.

    • Neil

      It makes him look like a golliwog.

      • Rob

        The lips/teeth are oversized, for sure.

        • Neil

          The lips are the wrong color. It gives the effect of looking like blackface.

          • Rob

            On closer inspection, the Ortiz bobblehead does look a little Jolson-y.

          • trash panda

            Reminds me of Tyrone, Dave Chappelle’s crackhead character.

  • Gary F

    Shouldn’t the bobble head be a little thicker around the midsection?

  • kennedy

    I thought it was common for bobbleheads to be caricatures.

    • Rob

      And they all bear a striking resemblance to the Big Boy Burger dude!

  • rallysocks

    Did nobody in the organization even look at a prototype before they went into production?

  • lindblomeagles

    If the Red Sox organization found these bobble heads offensive, it was offensive. It’s not everyday an American Corporation leaps forward on racial insensitivity AHEAD of public outcry. Usually, they are in the trail position, having to respond to public outcry instead of cutting it off at the pass. Kudus to the Bo-Sox for thinking, “Hey wait! This might not be appreciated the way we hope. Scrap this idea, um, now!”