Gingerbread outfits ‘offensive’

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iol pic bp gingerbread man AFP Madame Tussauds museum unveils its smallest wax figure in the form of 'Gingy the Gingerbread Man,' a character from the animated feature film 'Shrek' in central London, on November 21, 2007.

Teachers in Sweden have banned children from dressing up as gingerbread men - because people might find the brown characters “offensive”.

Pupils in Laxa told their parents they had been ordered not to wear the outfits for the St Lucia celebrations on Thursday. Traditionally, children dress gnomes or gingerbread men for the candle-lit procession.

The school blamed the row on a misunderstanding and said there was no gingerbread song in this year’s parade so no need for gingerbread men.

But parent Jenny Simic said: “This is not what we were told at all. There was no misunderstanding - this is just an excuse.

“Why should they remove these things from a traditional celebration just because someone might be offended?” - Daily Mail

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