The nutcracker is back for the holidays. And no, we're not talking about the ballet.
This nutcracker is a figure of former Secretary of State and first lady Hillary Clinton in a blue pantsuit, smiling with her arms crossed. The package asks, “Is America ready for this nutcracker?" It also says the gag gift "cracks toughest nuts" and has "stainless steel thighs."
The controversial product, offered at Urban Outfitters, is now sold out. When available, the nutcracker sold for $60 – "too much for something you might find in a very, very sexist Happy Meal," according to Vox’s Ezra Klein.
Cosmopolitan's Jill Filipovic blasted Urban Outfitters, which also offered the novelty during the 2008 election cycle, for selling the "incredibly sexist gift." Guardian columnist Jessica Valenti also called out the retailer on Twitter, saying, "I guess @UrbanOutfitters wanted to get a head start on 2016 sexism. Because TRENDY."
Apparently, Urban Outfitters isn't the only retailer selling the product. Amazon seller CSB Commodities claims to have the nutcracker in stock for $10.50, and customer reviews date back to 2007. Overstock also offered the nutcracker for $17.99, but the item – which has received 171 customer reviews since 2007 – has sold out.
The nutcracker's manufacturer, Eagleview USA, promises "to re-open with the 2016 model upon the official announcement of her next presidential campaign."
– The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.
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