A McDonald’s in Massachusetts has apologized after displaying Halloween decorations depicting a lynching.
The shocking decor, showing a black silhouette hanging from a tree branch, was first spotted by Erik Pocock who subsequently shared the images online.
“It looked like a typical Halloween decoration. It said ‘Happy Halloween.’ It had some spiderwebs and some spiders and, like, a haunted tree and I was like: ‘Oh, that’s cute,'” he told WCVB.
“Then, you look closer and that’s not cute. That’s not right.”
“More like a lynching, but you could have taken it either way,” he added. “Extremely insensitive and offensive; they really should have thought twice about it.”
In a statement, franchise owner Chuck Lietz said: “We deeply regret that the decorations were on display and they were immediately removed as soon as the inappropriate content was identified.”
“Creating an environment that is welcoming and inclusive to all our guests and employees is critically important to us, and we apologize for any unintended offense they may have had on our community.”
People on social media had their say on the topic, with one writing: “The last recorded lynching was Michael Donald, a 19-yr-old black man who was killed and hanged from a tree by the KKK in Mobile, AL in 1981. He would have been 57 now. He was the youngest of six children. Family members who knew him are still alive. It’s good to be empathetic.”
Another argued: ” It is clearly NOT a lynching because no business in their right mind would use something they knew was so racist as a decoration. Not to mention there are no crazed white people dancing around. How the hell did you get your BSN?”
I’m sorry but how do you make that and not exercise common sense? How it is possible for that be created and reviewed without ringing alarm bells?
Or is it just a major mistake? A complete gaffe? Only McDonald’s knows.