‘A public lynching display’: Rhode Island storeowner faces outrage for hanging Clinton doll
A Smithfield, Rhode Island farm store owner is responded to criticism after social media users expressed outrage over his display of the “Lyin’ Hillary Doll” hanging from a hook.
For the initiated, the “Lyin’ Hillary Doll” is a plush toy that dons former Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton’s signature pantsuit and hair. It also comes pre-loaded with 18 “unbelievable tales,” including, “not a single one of my emails was classified” and “I don’t believe I ever lied—to the public.”
Pleasant View Orchards store owner Tony Polseno Jr. said a customer bought the “Lyin’ Hillary Doll” online and gifted it to him. According the Providence Journal, the outrage began after Polseno affixed the doll on a metal hook attached to a green yarn.
“Everyone who comes in here loves it,” Polseno told the Journal, adding customers who take offense can “look the other way.”
But social media users are taking to Facebook and Yelp to voice their outrage, calling the doll “a despicable display of misogyny,” and “a public lynching display.”
Polseno said those users are misinterpreting his display.
“They’re making it look like I want to hang people. I don’t do that,” Polseno said. “We don’t want to be mean. We don’t want to offend anyone. If we offend anyone, I’ll take it down.”
His wife, Camella Polsena, told the Journal she told Tony to take it down, insisting he “didn’t mean to hang it by the neck.”
Tony Polseno said he’s not worried about the impact of negative social media posts, insisting he’s had a solid client base for over 40 years. but he nonetheless expressed outrage over the “cyber attack.”
“Why don’t they come here and tell me?” he asked. “I think this is a cyber attack. I don’t know these people. I never seen them. What they’re telling you is BS. I never said anything to anybody.”
Watch the video below, via YouTube.