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Change.org Petition Wants Target to Remove White Annie

By    |   Tuesday, 30 Dec 2014 06:30 PM

A petition has been started on Change.org asking Target to remove its in-store ads featuring a white Annie and to issue an apology to Quvenzhane Wallis for not featuring the young black actress in its ads for its Annie for Target clothing line.

"In the current stench of racism and division amongst Americans, why would Target singlehandedly disrespect Quvenzhane Wallis and add more pain to injury as it relates to race relations?" L'Sean Rinique Shelton wrote in the introduction to her petition.

While the "look-book" for the Annie-inspired clothing line features girls from diverse backgrounds, the in-store ad features a white girl wearing a red dress and a locket, Yahoo is reporting.

"Your recent Annie ads and in-store displays depicts [sic] a misleading depiction of the movie as it shows a Caucasion [sic] young lady opposed to a star of the film," Shelton added.

Target has since issued a response, saying that as for the marketing of its Annie line, it featured "girls from a variety of backgrounds . . . reflecting that anyone can embody the spirit and character of Annie."

The company said that it "had conversations with [Wallis'] team about being in the campaign, but ultimately it did not come to fruition," although she did participate in the launch of the line New York City.

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A petition has been started on Change.org asking Target to remove its in-store ads featuring a white Annie and to issue an apology to Quvenzhane Wallis for not featuring the young black actress in its ads for its Annie for Target clothing line.
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