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Backlash after sexist hats found in gift shop at National Trust property

first_imgGraham Jones, Tatton Park’s visitor and commercial operations manager, said the hat was removed from the shelves as soon as they were made aware of the complaint. Tatton Park, Knutsford, CheshireCredit:Robert Harding World Imagery The National Trust has been dragged into a sexism row after one of its stately homes was found selling pink  “future footballers wife” hats for girls.The hats, complete with the lack of apostrophe, were being sold in the gift shop at Tatton Park, Cheshire, but were removed from the shelves yesterday (TUES) after a barrage of criticism on social media.Laura Goss, creative director at a digital agency, photographed the “stupid” hat and published it on Twitter, telling the Trust: “Your young female visitors deserve better merch (+ better grammar).” Hey @nationaltrust – this stupid hat is for sale at Tatton Park. Your young female visitors deserve better merch (+ better grammar) pic.twitter.com/isTBCSHm3L— Laura Goss (@sparklepanties) August 29, 2017 “We get a job lot of hats from our supplier, including children’s hats, but I don’t know how these ended up on our shelves. Someone’s put them out without thinking,” he said.“If they have offended anyone and are considered inappropriate, then as far as we are concerned, it was a mistake and we take that very seriously.”The shop includes stock often seen in National Trust gift shops such as the charity’s popular throws, but no National Trust branded items.Ms Goss said she was pleased the hat had been withdrawn from sale.“I was disgusted and saddened by it,” she told the Telegraph.“It would be wrong wherever it was sold. National Trust may not have direct responsibility for the shop but if it falls under their brand then they should accept some of the blame.“It’s fantastic that it’s been taken off the shelf. It’s only a tiny thing really but it all helps.”The Trust has endured a tricky summer, during which it has faced criticism for requiring volunteers to wear Gay Pride badges, the public “outing” of Robert Wyndham Ketton-Cremer, former owner of Felbrigg Hall near Cromer, and a change in the recipe for its celebrated flapjacks.center_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Tatton Park, Knutsford, Cheshire The post attracted a stream of comments from disgusted National Trust members, who branded it “everyday sexism” and “an appalling lack of judgment”.One said the hat “put the Tat into Tatton” whilst another added: “Trying to imagine the hat… ‘future footballer’s husband’ for all the little boys aspiring to marry well.”Another wrote: “Young girls aspiring to marry into money, @nationaltrust keeping the true spirit of the Stately Home/Landed Gentry alive.”National Trust thanked Ms Goss for flagging up the existence of the hat in its shop and said it would be contacting Tatton Park about it.However, it noted that although the historical estate was bequeathed to the charity in 1958 it is financed and maintained by Cheshire East Council which does not consult the Trust about what is sold in the shop.last_img

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