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'Boobies & Booty': New Marshmallow Brands Spark Sexism Allegations in UK

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A Poundland representative argued that if people are offended by some of the store’s products, they simply don’t have to buy them, and that "just because someone doesn't like something we do, we also believe that doesn't give them the automatic right to stop us doing it for thousands of other people who like it."

A selection of sweets offered by UK discount store chain Poundland has come under fire on social media due to the branding of some of their products, which evoked accusations of sexism.

Two marshmallow brands, "Boobies" and "Booty", shaped resembling women’s breasts and buttocks respectively, and with packaging sporting phrases like "a cracking pair", "be gentle" and "squidge my cheeks", were slammed by a shopper. 

The sweets were spotted in Bolton, Greater Manchester by Gemma Aitchison, who expressed her outrage on Twitter, with some netizens sharing her take on the situation.

Others, however, suggested she was overreacting. 

A Poundland representative told the Daily Mail newspaper that “If something’s offended you, we won't force you to buy it”, with a number of netizens approving of the store's response.

​"It's fine for you to look the other way and ignore it. Here at Poundland, we think it's ok that sometimes we don't always get it right for everyone, because, frankly it's impossible to do that”, the spokesperson remarked. "Just because someone doesn't like something we do, we also believe that doesn't give them the automatic right to stop us doing it for thousands of other people who like it."

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