LEGO has asked affiliates to temporarily pulled advertising for toy sets from their website that involve the police officers, firefighters, and even the White House, in support of the Blackout Tuesday movement.
In detail: Toy Book reported Wednesday that the company told affiliates to remove “product listings and features for more than 30 LEGO building sets, Minifigures, and accessories” that feature representation of criminals, firefighters, emergency vehicles, police officers, and buildings, and stop advertising them. The sets include LEGO City Police Station, Fire Station, Police Dog Unit, Patrol Car, Fire Plane, Mobile Command Center, Police Highway Arrest.
LEGO, like many other companies, joined the “Blackout Tuesday” movement earlier this week and said they’re donating $4 million to black youth to organizations supporting black youth. The move drew praise online. Some lauded LEGO believing the company will stop selling law enforcement-themed toy sets.
I'm not praising this "Blackout Tuesday" idea. I think it's ignorant. I think it's great if a corporation wants to donate money to organizations whose programs they support - I have no problem with that. Asking affiliates to remove the list of LEGO sets above, to me, is disrespectful of our nation.
I support kids playing with LEGO sets that support their ideas to grow up and be professionals: doctors, nurses, firemen, policemen, members of an ambulance/EMT crew. Why does there need to be a negative political message attached to children's toys? This is all wrong.
I this new White House set:
I might buy one, if they weren't so expensive. I may find a nice White House puzzle and put it together when the weather cools off again.