Bill Shorten in John Laws radio studio next to “racist” golliwog dolls


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Why does John Laws have golliwog dolls in his radio studio? Bill Shorten seen posing next to “racist” toys

  • Bill Shorten pictured in radio studio with John Laws next to golliwogs
  • Laws interviewed the Labor opposition leader on Thursday morning
  • Golliwogs were spotted when Malcolm Turnbull was in the studio










Bill Shorten and John Laws were pictured in the radio personality’s studio alongside golliwog dolls.

The Labor opposition leader was interviewed on Thursday by Laws on the veteran radio personality’s morning show.

Laws, 81, then shared a photo of himself and Mr. Shorten on social media, and a keen listener spotted golliwog dolls in the 2SM Sydney Workshop.

Bill Shorten and John Laws were pictured in the radio personality’s studio next to golliwog dolls

Laws characterized Mr. Shorten as

Laws called Mr. Shorten a “handsome man in person” after interviewing him Thursday morning

“A fantastic and enlightening conversation with Bill Shorten this morning, if you missed it be sure to listen to the podcast again,” Laws wrote on Twitter alongside the photo.

Laws also shared the photo on Facebook and called Mr. Shorten a “handsome man in person.”

At least two golliwogs could be seen displayed on a shelf, it was pointed out on Twitter.

In another photo posted to Twitter earlier this month, at least four of the dolls could be seen in the center of her studio.

The golliwogs had previously been spotted in Laws’ studio with Malcolm Turnbull.

The golliwogs had previously been spotted in Laws' studio with Malcolm Turnbull

The golliwogs had previously been spotted in Laws’ studio with Malcolm Turnbull

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Mr Turnbull and John Laws are pictured in the 2SM radio studio in April this year

“Why the hell does John Laws have a golliwog in his studio?” Channel Ten’s Adam Todd asked on Twitter in April.

Most social media seemed to agree this was inappropriate, but another suggested it was “politically correct” that people “can’t have a toy without any connotations.”

Golliwogs were popular in the 1990s through the 1970s and are widely seen as a racist caricature of people of color.

The dolls have been spotted in gift shops across Australia over the past year or so.

The dolls have been spotted in gift shops across Australia over the past year

The dolls have been spotted in gift shops across Australia over the past year

Golliwog dolls wearing Santa Claus outfits were spotted in Geelong, Victoria, last Christmas

Golliwog dolls wearing Santa Claus outfits were spotted in Geelong, Victoria, last Christmas

Last Christmas, the founder of the IndigenousX media platform told Daily Mail Australia that the resupply and sale of Golliwogs was “eternally frustrating” and incredibly insulting.

“Golliwogs have fucking paws instead of hands and feet… they come from a time when human zoos were a part of reality – people would go to a zoo to see an African,” he said. .

“They’re back because Australia has this idea that we’re so beyond racism that it’s okay to be racist again.

“It’s just frustrating for people who are trying to understand how racism exists in society today as well as historically… to know that it is constantly an uphill battle,” he said.

Daily Mail Australia has reached out to Bill Shorten, Malcolm Turnbull and John Laws for comment.

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