A handful of double-wide stroller-holy-rolling moms are having a snit fit because they're convinced a toy is going to turn their precious daughters into whores.
The new limited edition Tokidoki Barbie, which features the iconic doll with a pink bob, high heels, leopard print leggings and tattoos over her neck, chest and shoulders, "sends the wrong message" to little girls, who will surely turn into Whitney Houston with a single glance at the slab of plastic. Barbie comes with a dog dressed as a cactus who goes by “Bastardino.”
While the doll is marketed as an adult collectible, Marianne Szymanski, mother and founder of "independent toy researcher" Toy Tips, who probably washes her hands 54 times a day, shrieks, “It doesn’t matter if it’s not for kids. It’s out there. Companies need to know parents’ concerns."
Note that the Tokidoki Barbie is not sold in children's retailers; it is only available for 50 bucks on Barbiecollector.com, which caters to adults.
Other drama mamas are consumed with fear that Barb will convince their sweet little cherubs to "scar their bodies in permanent and unsightly ways." Mind you, a Pew Research study says that 36% of adults 18-25 have at least one tattoo, as do 40% of those 26-40.
In 1999, Butterfly Art Barbie was withdrawn from stores after hysterical parents bitched. In 2009, the company released Totally Stylin’ Tattoos Barbie, with removable sticker tattoos that again offended a few. Mattel ignored them.
Chris Byrne, “The Toy Guy” and content director of timetoplaymag.com, tows the sensibility line: “The doll does not model behavior. If you don’t like tattoos, it’s your obligation as a parent to not allow tattoos. Children do things in play that they aren’t going to replicate in life. If you don’t like it, don't bring it into your home. You are the gatekeeper. A Barbie doll is not going to knock on your door and drag your child down to the seaport to get a tattoo.”