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Fri Feb 22, 2013, 01:41 PM

Image of new black 'barbie' doll sparks questionable outrage...

An image of a brown Barbie doll has surfaced on the internet, causing people to question whether or not it is supposed to be the next African-American Barbie.

The doll is sporting blonde hair, gold chains, cleavage, and two bags that are strikingly similar to the Louis Vuitton monogram multicolor collection.

Many African-Americans find the doll’s appearance offensive; stating that it does not exude the true beauty of African-American women. However, critics have said that the strongly resembles imagery of African-American women that are seen on some of the most famous celebrities, including Beyonce, Rihanna, and Nicki Minaj. The only difference is that the doll’s skin color is a little darker.

Some are even saying that if we want to change the imagery of the black women, we have to start exalting celebrities and other prominent figures in the black community that represent the imagery that we’d like people around the world to embrace.

The authors at NaturallyMoi.com argue that the imagery comes from what our community deems acceptable: “We all know that African-American women come in all shapes, colors, and sizes, so it doesn’t mean that the community cannot embrace multiple images of beauty…As a community, we’ve got to grow out of becoming offended when people of other ethnicities define our appearance and/or actions. They are simply conveying what they believe we support. If we want to change the way we are perceived by other cultures, we have to make the change within ourselves.”


http://kmojfm.com/image-of-new-black-barbie-doll-sparks-questionable-outrage





***the subject line is the actual headline of the story.


edited to add: I have a problem with the fact her breasts are half out of her shirt. That's a malfunction waiting to happen. I don't think a five year old needs to see that.
A five year old little girl needs to learn to respect herself before she learns to let her tits hang out. imo.


edited to add: This doll is NOT made by Mattel







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one_voice Feb 2013 OP
Rider3 Feb 2013 #1
year of the cat Feb 2013 #10
HangOnKids Feb 2013 #20
year of the cat Feb 2013 #22
HangOnKids Feb 2013 #23
year of the cat Feb 2013 #24
HangOnKids Feb 2013 #25
year of the cat Feb 2013 #26
snooper2 Feb 2013 #28
snooper2 Feb 2013 #27
gollygee Feb 2013 #2
one_voice Feb 2013 #8
NYC_SKP Feb 2013 #3
amandabeech Feb 2013 #13
snooper2 Feb 2013 #29
amandabeech Feb 2013 #33
Bucky Feb 2013 #34
JI7 Feb 2013 #38
Number23 Feb 2013 #44
0rganism Feb 2013 #45
RZM Feb 2013 #4
malaise Feb 2013 #5
Tierra_y_Libertad Feb 2013 #6
leveymg Feb 2013 #7
RedSpartan Feb 2013 #9
cali Feb 2013 #11
one_voice Feb 2013 #12
cali Feb 2013 #19
MineralMan Feb 2013 #14
one_voice Feb 2013 #17
MineralMan Feb 2013 #18
Separation Feb 2013 #32
one_voice Feb 2013 #42
Separation Feb 2013 #15
one_voice Feb 2013 #16
JI7 Feb 2013 #37
Separation Feb 2013 #47
whistler162 Feb 2013 #21
TheDebbieDee Feb 2013 #30
year of the cat Feb 2013 #31
Bucky Feb 2013 #35
JI7 Feb 2013 #36
TheDebbieDee Feb 2013 #40
Number23 Feb 2013 #46
Separation Feb 2013 #48
zonkers Feb 2013 #39
jmowreader Feb 2013 #41
OmahaBlueDog Feb 2013 #43

Response to one_voice (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 01:43 PM

1. Wow

That is incredibly tacky.

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Response to year of the cat (Reply #10)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 03:10 PM

20. What works both ways?

 

I'm not sure I understand your post. Can you explain what works both ways? Thanks!

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Response to year of the cat (Reply #22)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 03:18 PM

23. Really? That hasn't been my experience

 

For my white daughters I NEVER had any problem buying dolls that were cute and NOT TACKY. For my black niece, well that was a totally different situation. Do you have children you buy toys for?

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Response to year of the cat (Reply #24)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 03:29 PM

25. Sorry you seem to be getting off point

 

I'm busy so I must go now.

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Response to HangOnKids (Reply #23)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 03:34 PM

28. my daughter now loves these

of course she is 3



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Response to Rider3 (Reply #1)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 03:32 PM

27. Tell that to the "Housewives of Atlanta"

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Response to one_voice (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 01:43 PM

2. There is no way Mattel made this

I'm sure they could be insensitive, but they wouldn't have that neckline.

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Response to gollygee (Reply #2)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 01:55 PM

8. They did not...

updated OP to reflect that.

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Response to one_voice (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 01:44 PM

3. If these fuckers (excuse my French) cared a shit about reality, they'd make this woman a doll:

There are, of course, millions more more-beautiful-than-Barbie black women, but Michelle comes immediately to mind first.




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Response to NYC_SKP (Reply #3)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 02:12 PM

13. Actually, the idea of a Michelle Obama doll is pretty good.

She's a great role model and has a great wardrobe.

Maybe she could be presented as her younger self as a Harvard-trained attorney in Chicago, too.

Why not?

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Response to amandabeech (Reply #13)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 03:38 PM

29. like that hasn't been done :P



There's a doll for everything..


You can even get your own runaway bride doll




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Response to snooper2 (Reply #29)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 07:02 PM

33. Very nice!

Does she come with the inaugural outfits?

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Response to snooper2 (Reply #29)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 07:06 PM

34. No, I want the eye-rolling Michelle doll!

And maybe they could do her guns a little more justice, y'know?

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Response to snooper2 (Reply #29)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 07:16 PM

38. that bride doll looks like mitt romney

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Response to snooper2 (Reply #29)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 09:12 PM

44. Hadn't seen the Michelle doll before! How cute

I have no idea what's up with the runaway bride doll. No idea at all.

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Response to snooper2 (Reply #29)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 09:16 PM

45. i'm waiting for the version with Kung Fu Action Grip (n/t)

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Response to one_voice (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 01:45 PM

4. I'm reluctant to link this in any way to the Barbie line

 

The story centers around an image that 'surfaced on the internet,' which isn't much in the way of sourcing. There are tons of people out there who do all sorts of stuff with dolls. Could just be some person's hobby.

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Response to one_voice (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 01:51 PM

5. Perhaps when their mommies take off their blonde weaved hair, they will know who they

are. Way more five year old Afro-children across the globe are exposed to their female Afro-relatives with their bleached skins, weave and dyed hair than to any moronic barbie doll.

A large number of black women are suffering from a serious inferiority complex and barbie is not responsible for that. Don't get me started - I'm a black woman.

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Response to one_voice (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 01:53 PM

6. If she was white she could be a weather/news girl on Fox.

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Fri Feb 22, 2013, 01:53 PM

7. Bling, bling. Gotta be a sick joke. Female companion to Mr. T doll:

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Response to one_voice (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 01:56 PM

9. Sort of looks like Mary J. Blige to me.

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Response to one_voice (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 02:01 PM

11. Your edit really isn't enough. Please put Barbie in quotation marks.

Quite simply this isn't that trademarked item so your op title is misleading.

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Response to cali (Reply #11)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 02:06 PM

12. It's not my title...

it's the actual title from the article.

but I changed it.

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Response to one_voice (Reply #12)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 03:10 PM

19. thank you so much.

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Response to one_voice (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 02:13 PM

14. "she learns to let her tits hang out"

WTF? A five year old? Really? I believe a different choice of words would work better than that.

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Response to MineralMan (Reply #14)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 03:04 PM

17. Don't lecture me.

You know exactly what I meant. I hardly speak like that to a five year old, unless your copping to being 5.

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Response to one_voice (Reply #17)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 03:08 PM

18. Ah...Orders...

I never was good at those.



Those are "teats," often pronounced "tits." Cows have 'em. Sheep have 'em. Goats have 'em. Humans have breasts. Mens and womens have 'em. "Tits" is a demeaning reference. Always has been.


Dictionaries haz 'em, too:

tit 2 (tt)
n.
1. Vulgar Slang A woman's breast.
2. A teat.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition copyright ©2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Updated in 2009. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.


Other vulgar slang terms that are demeaning include dugs, fun bags, and a number of others. None are much used in polite conversation.

Some birds R 'em:



That's a Marsh Tit. Cute, isn't it?

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Response to MineralMan (Reply #18)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 04:00 PM

32. I have nipples Focker,

Can you milk me?

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Response to MineralMan (Reply #18)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 09:06 PM

42. You're so very impressed with yourself...

guess someone has to be.

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Response to one_voice (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 02:59 PM

15. As far as the "tits hanging out" comment

If most daughters were like mine growing up, then these barbies will have clothes on for all of 5 minutes before they all end up naked. I would always find it strange that I would find a naked barbie laying around the house, every one in a while there would be on hiding in my boots. Waiting to ambush me as I put them on a 5am, half asleep.

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Response to Separation (Reply #15)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 03:03 PM

16. When I was growing up I had Barbie..

marathons. I'd play for 12 hours. I loved my barbies. I had the house, the car, whatever. At least till I was 9 and discovered football.

I changed clothes all the time. But the clothes I put on the barbie didn't look like that. What I meant was the outfit, not the breast, half the time I had at leas one naked barbie. But the were naked cuz they didn't have clothes on, they didn't look as if they still needed clothes after they were dressed.

My daughter was like yours growing up too.

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Response to Separation (Reply #15)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 07:14 PM

37. that's because they were trying different outfits on it

not because they thought they should be naked.

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Response to JI7 (Reply #37)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 10:20 PM

47. No, at least with my daughter she wasn't.

Children don't learn that nudity is "bad" until 7ish I would guess. Running around the house naked, girls lifting their skirts up, etc.. My daughters Barbie doll's clothing were normally at the bottom of her toy box.

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Response to one_voice (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 03:11 PM

21. Ah skin cancer Barbie!

Where the George Hamilton doll?

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Response to one_voice (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 03:45 PM

30. I'm African-American and I think the doll in the picture is beautiful.......

but I also wish that there was a beautiful kinky-haired and a wavy-haired black Barbie for sale as well.

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Response to TheDebbieDee (Reply #30)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 07:09 PM

35. Variety would be the right step. BTW, I found a pic of a non-blonde black Barbie

I still question its value for setting self-image norms among young girls.

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Response to TheDebbieDee (Reply #30)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 07:09 PM

36. doesn't the real barbie company actually make those type of dolls ?

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Response to JI7 (Reply #36)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 08:48 PM

40. I don't know - do they? It's been literally decades since my daughters

were young enough to play with dolls...........

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Response to TheDebbieDee (Reply #40)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 09:18 PM

46. When I was little, my mom bought me a beautiful little black doll that had an Afro

Her name was Shindana. And that was in the 70s so there's been lots of types of black dolls for a long time.

Here is a pic. Doesn't look exactly like my doll, but it's pretty close

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Response to Number23 (Reply #46)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 10:30 PM

48. I had a Golliwog doll when I was growing up.

I had him until I was 6ish. I know some say they are racist but he was my best friend for years.

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Response to one_voice (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 07:16 PM

39. She looks like she digs the bling.

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Response to one_voice (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 09:01 PM

41. We're bitching about Black Barbie in a power suit

Is this Executive Barbie, Lawyer Barbie, Corporate Raider Barbie or Publisher Of Ebony Magazine Barbie? Hoochie Mama Barbie probably doesn't know what a linen suit even is.

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Response to one_voice (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 09:10 PM

43. The doll looks like Nikki Minaj to me

JMHO, YMMV

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