A doll depicting a World Wrestling Federation wrestler carrying around a woman's head has been pulled from Wal-Mart shelves in Atlanta.
However, a local Wal-Mart manager said he knew nothing about similar plans in Oneonta.
"I have not seen either (this story or the doll)," store manager Kevin Post said when he was asked whether the Wal-Mart on state Route 23 would pull the doll off its shelves. "Call 1-800-Wal-Mart and they could give you all the information. That's all I have to say."
John Bisio, a company spokesman, said Monday that complaints from Sabrena Parton, assistant professor of communications at Kennesaw State University, and from the manager of a Wal-Mart in Cartersville, Ga., spurred the company to pull Summer Slam `99: Road Rage Al Snow.
The toy is modeled after Al Snow, a WWF competitor who carries a female mannequin's head into the ring. The doll comes with a woman's head with "Help me" scrawled backward across her forehead.
"My sons are 6 and 11. What kind of message would this toy send them about brutalization of women?" Parton said.
Bisio said from Wal-Mart's Bentonville, Ark., headquarters: "Our management has decided it is at least a questionable item. So we are removing it from the shelf, probably permanently." Jim Byrne, WWF vice president for marketing, defended the doll.
"This is the first complaint we've had about the toy," he said from WWF headquarters in Stamford, Conn. "Al Snow's act with the mannequin head is as silly as it gets — loads of fun."
Snow said the mannequin head is popular among wrestling fans.
"One match I lost, and I started beating the daylights out of that head," he said. "All of a sudden all those people who had cheered me got mad and started booing. Seems like everybody likes that head."
Said Parton: "I could see if this was an adult novelty item, people could make a choice about whether to buy it. But the label says it's recommended for children ages 4 and older. That's terribly wrong."