It seems like Barbie dolls just can’t win. Remember when they were blonde and had bodies with completely not humanly possible proportions, and under fire for sending a negative message to gURLs about body image? Well now the new tokidoki Barbie, which couldn’t be more different from Malibu Barbie, is being slammed by parents for being a bad influence on young gURLs.
The new tokidoki doll (which is sold out through November, by the way) is more of a collector’s item than a toy that’s meant to be played with. But some parents are freaking out about her more alternative look, which includes bright pink hair, leopard-print leggings, and huge neck and arm tattoos.
One parent wrote on the site Twix: “Encouraging children that tattoos are cool is wrong, wrong, wrong. Mattel why not put a cigarette and a beer bottle in her hand while you’re at it!”
We happen to think the protesting is a little ridiculous — With Barbie’s track record of body image issues and the controversy over the Barbie that said “Math class is tough!”, a couple of tats is the least of Barbie’s offenses. We love that this doll is sporting a more unique look… and shouldn’t individuality be encouraged in young gURLs?
WDYT, gURLs? Would you buy this Barbie doll? Do you think the parents that are against it are just way too strict? Are you into tattoos for yourself? Discuss in the comments!