Hello all! I’m a non-Jewish atheist with several Jewish friends.
I have a stuffed plague doctor doll that looks like this, https://www.squishable.com/mm5/graphics/00000001/squish_plague_doctor_15.jpg
One of my Jewish friends asked me to put the doll away when he comes to visit because he thinks it looks like an antisemitic characture of a Rabbi. Obviously, I love and respect my friend and want him to be comfortable at my place, so I put the doll away without comment, beyond apologizing and stating I didn’t realize it was offensive. I will continue to respect his wishes regardless.
So, my question is should I just get rid of the doll because it would appear antisemitic to anyone? I know that the history of plague doctors is it’s own thing, but if the popular image is too close to antisemitic stereotypes, I don’t want to cause offense or make anyone uncomfortable.
So, what do you think? Should the doll go or should this be a case by case thing depending on the feelings of my friends? My friends are more important to me than a stupid toy, so I’m leaning toward getting rid of it.