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Tesco criticized over inflatable gay best friend toy

A day after apologising for selling a "Psycho Ward" Halloween fancy dress outfit, condemned for stigmatising those with mental health issues, Tesco has said sorry after a novelty toy called the Inflatable Gay Best Friend was placed on its website.

Critics on social media sites labelled the inflatable male figure, clad in a figure-hugging pink top and blue shorts, as pandering to cheap stereotypes. They also questioned why Tesco's website billed the item as the Inflatable G*y Best Friend, using an asterisk in "gay" throughout the listing.

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