Poundland Causes Uproar By Showing Elf On The Shelf 'Teabagging' Doll

UK discount retailer Poundland has been attracting attention in recent weeks for its light-hearted social media advent campaign featuring Elf on the Shelf.

Some of its recent count-down to Christmas tweets show the Elf drawing boobs on a frosty car windscreen, dueling with Darth Vader using a dildo and playing strip poker.

But now the budget store looks to have gone a step too far by sharing an image on Twitter of an elf 'teabagging' a Barbie doll.

The photo, captioned with the phrase 'How do you like your tea? One lump or two?' has caused uproar on social media with people thinking it a tad inappropriate.

In case you still live in a world of purity and chastity (in which case, lucky you), 'teabagging' is a sex act in which someone 'dips' their ballsack in their partner's mouth.

The phrase comes from the act's resemblance of dipping a tea bag in a cup of hot water - even though it isn't the sort of thing you'd do at afternoon tea.

Although the Elf is shown placing an actual Twining's teabag on the Barbie's face, rather than his actual scrotum, the innuendo is pretty obvious.

A lot of people weren't pleased with the joke, given what's been going down in 2017;



Others - many of them women - didn't see the problem with the post and thought everyone just should lighten up:


Twinings, the tea company whose products were used in the tweet, felt compelled to clarify that they didn't endorse Poundland's antics whatsoever:

Poundland itself apologised to one user for the tweet, saying they would pass the feedback on to management:

The campaign hadn't upset too many people before this but maybe this entry was a little misjudged.

Wonder if the person responsible will still have a job by the New Year?

Featured Image Credit: Twitter/Poundland

Chris Ogden

Chris Ogden is a journalist at LADbible. He graduated from the University of East Anglia with degrees in English Literature and Creative Writing before completing his NCTJ Diploma in Multimedia Journalism. Chris has previously written for the independent culture magazine The Skinny, among other publications.

Next Up

arrow-down arrow-left arrow-right arrow-up camera clock close comment cursor email facebook-messenger facebook Instagram link new-window phone play share snapchat submit twitter vine whatsapp logoInline safari-pinned-tab Created by potrace 1.11, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2013