I’m actually not sure what to think of this… There is a very, very fine line between celebrating a culture and offending a culture… I honestly think though, considering that they consulted the embassy that they really didn’t mean to offend. There have been several instances though where Barbie has messed up. The first one that comes to my mind is the Native American Barbie. It produced a Barbie with stereotypes, and it was pulled from shelves (I think). I think I may look into this more, but for now, I think Mattel has some explaining to do.
As part of its “Dolls of the World” collection, toy manufacturerMattel has recently released the Mexico Barbie Doll. Some online critics, though, are not happy with the doll, saying it inflames cultural stereotypes.
The Mexican doll, which is dressed in a ruffled pink dress, comes with a passport and is accompanied by a small Chihuahua for the retail price of $29.95. In particular, many are taking offense to the symbolic nature of the passport.
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Jason Ruiz, an American studies professor at Notre Dame University told Good Morning America that the inclusion of the passport hits particularly sensitive nerves in the Mexican-American community amid heightened dispute over the immigration politics in the United States.
“It is a point of contention and great sensitivity for people of Mexican origin, especially Mexican immigrants,” said Ruiz. “Papers decide everything for immigrants from Mexico.”
Ruiz also mentions…
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