Latinos are up in arms about a new Mexican Barbie that’s more offensive to Mexicans than Rep. Don Young’s remarks about his father’s ranch.
Mexican Barbie, dressed in traditional Mexican attire, comes with a pet Chihuahua and a passport, which she must carry with her at all times to avoid deportation. All that’s missing are some tacos and more lemon pledge.
But according to Mexican Barbie, all she wants to do is teach girls “about the culture, traditions and ancestral dress of Mexico.” The doll is described on Mattel’s website as being “dressed for a fabulous fiesta in her vibrant pink dress with ruffles, lace and brightly coloured ribbon accent.” And of course carrying a Chihuahua. It’s just not a fiesta if there’s no Chihuahua.
But not so fast Latino lovers – Mexican Barbie is just one of many of Mattel’s “Dolls of the World” series. The stereotypes are not just limited to Mexicans. Chinese Barbie comes with a pet panda (really, who keeps a bear as a pet?), Chilean Barbie comes with what appears to be a stray dog, Australian Barbie comes with a koala bear, and French Barbie comes with a baguette. I guess she doesn’t like animals. That b*tch.
All of the Barbies carry passports and each one wears “an ensemble inspired by the traditional costume and fashion of the country.” But only Mexican Barbie and her passport seem to be stirring up the controversy.
Still, it’s better than 1992’s Teen Talk Barbie who said things like “Will we ever have enough clothes?” “I love shopping” and “Math class is tough.”
Mexican Barbie can be yours for only $29.95. Although you can probably just go down south and grab a migrant worker for less.
Via: USA Today
(Dedicated to Michael, who loves Barbies… or Mexicans?)