For the record it wasn’t Ortiz who declared the dolls “racially insensitive,” it was team president Sam Kennedy (a white guy).
Via Boston Globe:
The Red Sox on Tuesday canceled a David Ortiz bobblehead giveaway only five hours before their game against the Yankees because the figurines were deemed inaccurate and racially offensive.
The bobblehead depicted Ortiz holding a microphone, a tribute to his famed, “This is our [expletive] city” speech he gave to the crowd at Fenway Park following the Boston Marathon bombings in 2013.
Team president Sam Kennedy saw the bobblehead for the first time Tuesday and decided to cancel the promotion.
“It was an inaccurate portrayal of David,” said Kennedy. “It doesn’t really look like David. No. 2, I personally thought it seemed to be an offensive portrayal of him and racially insensitive.
“If I was feeling this way, certainly other people would. So we pulled the plug.”