Oh, that Barbie. She’s a controversy magnet. She’s the go-to toy for young girls the world over, but she promotes an unhealthy self-image that is quite literally a physical impossibility. But this time, Barbie’s gone too far.
New tokidoki Barbie is raising some parental eyebrows, mainly due to her visible upper body tattoos. The doll sports a tiger tattoo on the neck as well as flowers and other tats on her chest and shoulders. Tats aren’t entirely new for Barbie; 2009’s “Totally Stylin’ Tattoos” Barbie came with removable sticker tattoos but permanent Barbie ink? This is a decision that can’t be peeled off with a sharp fingernail.
“If I give it to [my daughter] she will think [tattoos are] okay. She may want to go get some,” says Virginia resident Bill Smith. Perhaps. Though we wanted our ear pierced for years and the minute we got to college, boom. So basically, if Bill Smith’s daughter wants tattoos, she’s gonna get tattoos.
Virginia resident Kevin Buckner says that the doll is “teaching kids to want tattoos before they are old enough to dress like that.” Again, maybe. But you still have to buy it for your daughter, Kevin. Speaking of which, Barbie maker Mattel has gone on record as saying that the doll is not intended for children but rather for Barbie’s adult collectors. The travesty here is that we are avoiding the real issue at hand — the fact that adults still collect Barbies.