Saturday, November 21, 2009

Burkha Barbie? Say What?

From the UK Daily Mail:
One of the world's most famous children's toys, Barbie, has been given a makeover  - wearing a burkha.
Wearing the traditional Islamic dress, the iconic doll is going undercover for a charity auction in connection with Sotheby's for Save The Children.
More than 500 Barbies went on show yesterday at the Salone dei Cinquecento, in Florence, Italy.

Mattel, the maker of Barbie is all on board for Burka Barbie.  
The company director of Laird Assessors from The Wirral, Cheshire, said: 'Bring it on Burkha Barbie, I think this is a great idea.

'I think this is really important for girls, wherever they are from they should have the opportunity to play with a Barbie that they feel represents them.
 'I know Barbie was something seen as bad before as an image for girls, but in actual fact the message with Barbie for women is you can be whatever you want to be.
Really? Women want to be subjugated, who knew. [sarcasm off]


Hannityinaskirt said...

Does "Burkha Barbie" come with a removable clitoris or a bucket of acid to dump her face in, in case Barbie tries on a tank- top or goes on a ride with Ken in the barbie dream car before she's married?

Just a conservative girl said...

What is underneath?

I used to work at Macy's to make some extra money. I used to be amazed at the underwear women who veiled would wear; stuff I wouldn't buy.

Kelsey said...

Wow... If they want to make Barbies to represent every woman, then what's next? I want them to make a Mormon Barbie to represent me, please. It only seems fair.This is ridiculous.

Clifton B said...

Just a conservative Girl:

What is underneath?

For all we know, it could be Ken!

Clifton B said...

Kelsey Kim:

God only knows what is next. When Political Correctness is your guide anything stupid can happen.

Heather Chandler said...

Wow, this is one of those things that you look at and think "This MUST be a joke!". Sadly, it isn't...

What's next? Requiring all Barbies should be covered in burkas? Or "Arranged Marriage Barbie"? Barbie was never "politically correct", they need to stop making her to be.

Janelle said...

Wonder if American Girl, Madame Alexander, Vogue, Bratz will follow this trend............

Janelle said...

Clifton, I expect you to recognize sarcasm.

Osumashi Kinyobe said...

You want fairness and tolerance? Do you want to make a difference? Buy a doll from Ten Thousand Villages. The products are made by artisans in the Third World and they are properly paid for their services. There are products made by women abused and abandoned by their husbands who, no doubt, would veil their women again if they could find them. I wonder if Mattel thought of that!
Also, the fair-trade after-dinner chocolates are FANTASTIC!

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