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A pub has been labeled ‘offensive’ and ‘inappropriate’ after attaching a life-size model of a hanged man – who appears to be black – to the signage.

A group of residents reacted furiously online, accusing The Kings Head in Great Cornard, near Sudbury, Suffolk, of ‘triggering’ people who may have lost loved ones to suicide.

Others said the dark-colored football used to represent the hanging man’s head — paired with a boat hat and black jacket and leggings — made it look like a “black minstrel caricature.”

The 17th-century pub has since responded to the comments, with a spokesperson explaining that the football was green and that they “strongly objected” to the “blackface story”.

An employee told Mail Online that the outrage was “pathetic” and came from the “snowflake generation” – adding that the figure was just the pub trying to get into the Halloween spirit and that the ball just happened to be all she got at the had hands.

Many patrons also defended the controversial figure, saying it was not intended to be offensive and was “an innocent piece of fun.”

The screaming prompted the pub to turn the figure over so that it hung from his feet rather than his head.

A local resident, who declined to be named, said: ‘The image of a hanging man is sick and outrageous. It is incredibly insulting to anyone who has lost a loved one.

A group of residents reacted furiously online, accusing The King’s Head in Great Cornard, Suffolk, of “triggering” people who may have lost loved ones to suicide after it hung a life-sized figure of a man hanging from a noose (pictured)

‘But the fact that the figure has a black face with a boater’s hat, a black jacket and black leggings is reminiscent of a black minstrel caricature.

“I’m sure it wasn’t meant to be racist or offensive, but it looked like a picture of a black man being lynched.”

An employee at the pub, who didn’t give his name, told Mail Online: ‘It’s just a dummy, it’s not racist, the whole thing is blown out of proportion.

“The football belonged to the owners and their dog had a flat tire in it, so they used it. This is the least racist pub in the world, it is owned by people from Iran and Pakistan.

“We’ve all had enough now, it’s pathetic, it’s all part of the snowflake generation that has nothing else to do.”

The figure was hung at the same time the pub was hanging carved pumpkins over the doors, along with fake cobwebs on the windows and creepy bunting to announce Saturday’s Halloween celebration.

The Sudbury Suffolk Moaners Facebook group received dozens of responses after posting a photo of the hanging figure asking, “Does anyone know what this macabre face is about?”

Many described it as “offensive” or “inappropriate” and a potential “trigger” for anyone grieving the loss of a loved one through suicide.

The post was later removed and replaced with a new one with the figure hanging from his feet rather than his neck.

Members of the group welcomed the move as a compromise to avoid offending the families of those who committed suicide.

One member said: ‘It wasn’t a matter of whining. A life-size model of a man hanging from a sign by their neck is extremely insensitive and irresponsible given the number of people who hang themselves each year.

“I’m all for a laugh, but not if it makes anyone feel uncomfortable or traumatized. Thanks for turning this into something that’s actually funny and not insensitive.’

Another said: ‘Being offended by something is completely different from being traumatized or mentally triggered by something.

“Those who pee about something they’ve thankfully never experienced are incapable of showing compassion and empathy for others. Let’s hope one day they never have to go through what some of you went through.”

But another comment added: ‘The poor people who have lost someone this way will hurt every day anyway. It seems that people are looking for things to get annoyed about these days.’

A third said: ‘I had a friend hang herself, I also had a friend accelerate in her car. The Halloween decoration didn’t trigger me because it’s a decoration and not a person. I don’t hide indoors in case I see a car.’

The 17th-century pub has since hit back at the claims, with a spokesperson explaining that the football was green and that they

The 17th-century pub has since hit back at the claims, with a spokesperson explaining that the football was green and that they “strongly objected” to the “blackface story”

Retired electrician Ken Grimes, 83, who lives near the pub, said: ‘I wasn’t offended at all. I thought it had something to do with Halloween when I saw it hanging there.

“Honestly, I didn’t notice they turned it around. I think it could have stopped people from complaining.”

An employee at the pub who declined to be named told Mail Online: ‘It’s just a dummy, it’s not racist, the whole thing is blown out of proportion.

“The black football belonged to the owners dog and he had a flat tire in it, this is the least racist pub in the world, it’s owned by people from Iran and Pakistan.

“We’ve all had enough now, it’s pathetic, it’s all part of the snowflake generation that has nothing else to do.”

The Kings Head told Mail Online: ‘Some concerns have been raised about the positioning of our hanging man on social media.

“We immediately changed the man’s position as social media users pointed out that this could cause distress to those who have experienced mental health or lost a loved one.

“We accept that we are wrong. With regard to the ‘blackface’, this has not been brought up to us. There is no face on the model, but an old green soccer ball was used.

“The model was wearing a black suit and bowler hat… we remain unclear where this came from and strongly object to this.

“We are proud to be an inclusive community cafe and feel deeply hurt by this story.”

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