Barbie has had a hard life. We’ve criticized her for being too thin, too curvy, not independent enough, too naive, and unworldly. I find my nostalgic-self coming to the defense of this plastic doll that was my idol for so many years, so I’ve chosen the top three Barbie’s recently causing social controversy. I’m pulling a Chris Crocker and asking, ‘why can’t we just leave Barbie alone?’
Totally Stylin’ Tattoos Barbie – This doll comes with a tattoo stamper for Barbie or her owner. Mattel called the inked Barbie “hip and trendy,” but some people think it will persuade girls to get tattoos. Kat Von D would be proud.
Barbie Video Girl – With a tiny video camera hidden in her necklace, this doll can record and play back clips that can be uploaded to a computer. Although some parents worried about safety issues (some suggested the doll could be used for child pornography) others applauded the use of the latest technology and picked these filmmaking babes right off the rack.
Barbie Happy Family Pregnant Midge & Baby – This doll was sold with a plastic baby inside her removable stomach. As tempting as it would be to own a Barbie highlighting the miracle of life, a wave of questions comes out of what is included in Midge’s packaging. Whether or not a husband should be included and whether she should be wearing a wedding ring are just some of the controversies surrounding Midge’s “happy family.”
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