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Mother accuses Matalan of changing race of TV character

ORIGINAL: Nella the Princess Knight is a biracial cartoon character (Photo credit: NickJr)

A MOTHER has accused clothing retailer Matalan of turning a mixed race cartoon character white on children's pyjamas.

Nekeshia Bentley, purchased a pair of pyjamas for her daughter Nyemah which featured TV princess Nella, from children's show Nella the Princess Knight- but noticed that the pyjamas featured the character with lighter skin than seen on TV.

The Nickelodeon character, which was launched last year, has a black father and a white mother in her storyline, and Ms Bentley has said “It's either a massive mistake or a case of subconscious racism.

“Either way it is out of order,” she added. “My daughter loves Nella. She watches the show all the time and pretends to be Nella, trying to do everything she does.


Nella the princess knight pyjamas (Photo credit: Matalan)

“She is a good, strong model. I've no idea why Matalan whitened the character - they need to explain. I thought it may have been the way it looked on the website, but it was the same in the shop — she looked white.”

The hit children’s TV show follows Nella as she turns in the 'princess knight' and saves the people who live in her parent's kingdom.

Speaking to The Sun Ms Bentley added: “Both Nyemah and I are black British Caribbean. She has toys of all ethnicities but she gravitates towards toys that look like her.”

According to The Daily Mail, a spokesperson for Nickelodeon said: “This product doesn’t accurately represent Nella in the same way that millions of children see her on Nickelodeon screens worldwide.

“We believe there potentially was an issue somewhere in the manufacturing process, of which we are investigating.”

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