Saturday, October 22, 2011

"Tattooed Barbie for the Adult Collector, my foot." -- signed, Ken.

This is ridiculous. You want to make a statement, click on the one-question survey in the link below and then make sure that you don't buy from Mattel again. Here's why:

They have a new Barbie Doll, with tattoos on her shoulder, neck and upper chest, wearing an off-the-shoulder black top. They made 7,400 copies for $50 each and they went on sale October 13th. They have sold out.

One professor calls the doll a "cynical exercise". Mattel suggests the doll had been intended more "for the adult doll collector". Let me be the first to call them "liars in my opinion". The doll was indeed an attempt to make lots of money and try out as a trial balloon to see how far and fast they can push the envelope. They have no regards for how they influence children, nor were they thinking about "adult collectors" -- or if so, this is the first time or the first time I've heard of it.

The bottom line is that it is, once again, up to you, the parent and grand-parent and uncle and aunt to say, "no, this is stupid; we won't buy it." But hey, I'm sure there will be many out there (and some Christians as well) that say:
a. You're making a mountain out of a mole hill
b. And what's wrong with tattoos?
c. Let the kids have some fun.

I'm not against tattoos like I once was. But this is not about that. This is about using dolls to push the latest fashion trends as well as mold the minds of young children. That's not Mattel's job.  That's your job as a parent or close relative.  Mattel's push is all for the sake of the almighty (well not so almighty as it once was) dollar.

That's my take. What's yours?  Yours truly, the real "Ken", not the plastic doll.

Tattooed Barbie called too risque for young girls - CBC News

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1 comment:

  1. There are downsides to capitalism for sure.

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