Tuesday, March 10, 2009

“Totally Stylin Tattoos Barbie" Causing Uproar with Parents

By: Jo Oliver

"....For example, the 1965 “Slumber Party Barbie” had women’s organizations crying foul from the moment it was released. The doll was boxed with a book called “How to Lose Weight” and a set of bathroom scales with “110lb” printed on it. Critics argued that a real life 5 foot 9 inch tall woman would be at least 35 pounds underweight at 110 pounds. Then there was the 1997 “Share a Smile Becky.” Becky sported a pink wheelchair, the chair wouldn’t fit into the elevator or doors of the Barbie dream house. My favorite taboo Barbie was the pregnant midge doll. This Barbie had a bulging belly, and when opened, an infant would pop out.
In 1999, Mattel released their “Butterfly Art Barbie.” The butterfly tattoo covered the stomach of Barbie, and came boxed with tattoos for the child. It only took four months for parents to complain in droves. The Barbie doll was immediately pulled from the shelves......"

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