‘Mexico Barbie’ Should Be Offensive to All Moms

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mexico barbieThere's a new Barbie doll in town, and she's an outrage. Have you seen this? It's Mexico Barbie, and get this: She comes with a freakin' passport! Like she needs to prove she's not an illegal. Sinvergüenza, Mattel. That is so offensive. As a Mexican American, I am hereby boycotting Barbie dolls forever, which will be easy because I don't have any daughters. But still!

Oh wait. This just in: Mexico Barbie is part of the Dolls of the World series. And they all have passports -- even the blond one from Holland. Well all right, fine. But now that I've seen the series, I still kind of hate all of these dolls. Can't we do better for our girls?

Let's just start with Mexico Barbie. If you really have to do the old-fashioned, traditional dress, why not at least make it accurate? She should have braids woven through with ribbons. She could have a white blouse with colorful embroidery and a woven shawl. Hell, they could have just called up a photo of the most iconic Mexican ever, Frida Kahlo, and copied the look. Instead they gave her some vague pink thing with ruffles. Like, "Mexico, whatevs, add a purple ribbon."

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And then the Chihuahua dog -- what a cliche! Sure, they're super cute. But why not actually let the kids LEARN something new and introduce the Xoloitzcuintli, also known as the Mexican hairless dog. Or, you know, skip the exotic animals and do something else, like a Mexican bass guitar.

Do you see what a missed opportunity this is? And the other dolls aren't much better. France Barbie is in some sort of ooh la la Parisian beret and 1950s leotard with an inexplicable gingham skirt from Brittany, I guess (her accessory is bread). WTF? Why are Argentina and Chile Barbies blonde? That's a politically touchy issue throughout Latin America. India Barbie has a freakin' monkey.

Okay, I know Barbie isn't trying to be a high-end historical doll maker like American Girl. But these international dolls just make me sad. It's like -- if you want an inexpensive doll, you have to also settle for a dumbed-down doll. Here's your cultural stereotypes, girls!

It matters to me because I grew up in suburban Colorado as an "other" -- a Mexican-American. And I've lived with all the cultural stereotypes that come with that. I think our girls deserve better. Mexican-American girls deserve a doll that makes them feel proud about their heritage, and all girls deserve dolls that enlighten them, not that talk down to them with this half-assed ethnic tourism. I mean really, why even bother?

What do you think of Mexico Barbie?

 

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Melis... Melissa1508

I agree with @amandabananda.  Way overreacting!

Annie... AnnieM120

If you looked a little farther into the site, you would have seen there are several Mexican dolls including one with the ribboned braids, peasant blouse and tiered skirt.  They need to mix up the look if they want to keep selling more dolls.

lulou lulou

Mattel also owns American Girl.


 

Shandi80 Shandi80

Perhaps you should try to get a job with Mattel since you have so many great ideas for them! Maybe you could get them to do away with Barbie altogether and instead create a more positive role model doll for girls.

nonmember avatar Mimimine28

Finally! Someone who agrees with me. I was also recently upset to see that Toys r Us has 2 categories of dolls on their website. 1. Dolls and 2. Ethnic dolls. Doesn't everyone have an ethnicity?? You will find Doc Mcstuffins and Dora the Explorer in that category. I find it ridiculous that they feel the need to segregate these dolls.

Robin Hensley

This an over reaction to anything/everything that isn't what they want. Kids play with these and they are HAPPY with them. Adults need to learn how to PLAY again and quit being hateful about EVERYTHING that isn't the way THEY want it to be. Politically correct is NOT always the best way to be in life.

nhamp... nhampton401

Because the big boobed blonde American barbie isn't a stereotype? Get a grip lady holy crap. I thought these blogs were supposed to be goood newsworthy stories. This is just garbage. You're def overreacting.

Brenda Harper

Give me a break!!!! Barbie has been iconic since way back. Who cares if she comes with a passport....maybe she isn't supposed to be actually from America.....Who cares if she comes with a chihuahua.....Paris freakin Hilton has one. Everyone in the world can't change things just because you might be offended.  Oh yeah and WHO CARES if on a website dolls are segregated into different categories......ppl comment that the split makes it easier to find exactly what they want!!!

LostS... LostSoul88

seriously? So we can have a whitte and black barbie but not a hispanic? I can see you telling you child that she isn't allowed to buy the Tiana barbie because she's black and your dd is white so she shouldn't have a toy that looks different then her.


My DDs first barbie wasa black barbie that SHE picked out and she is blonde hair blue eyes.


 

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