Shops Pull 'Lolita' Beds for Girls

Furious parents blast marketing gimmick
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Feb 4, 2008 10:45 AM CST
Vladimir NABOKOV, the famous author of LOLITA, in Hollywood to work on a screen play. (PAR127047)   (Magnum Photos)
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(Newser) – A British retail chain has pulled a line of "Lolita" beds marketed to little girls following protests by parents. The Woolworths website staff "had never heard of Lolita, and to be honest no one else here had either," a spokesman said of the iconic nymphet. "We had to look it up on Wikipedia. But we certainly know who she is now."

Woolworths executives insisted the choice of the name was completely innocent. "There might be a few people in the country who have a problem with it, but it's just a name," said a spokeswoman. Nevertheless, "the product has been removed from sale with immediate effect," said a spokesman.