A photo taken in a toy store led to 367 additional shares and tons of angry comments and swearing today. It is a photo taken of a doll with extreamly skinny legs.
There is a sign on the package. Does it say “WARNING Shoking hazard” or “WARNING anorectic hazard”? Or what should it say?
Perhaps these dolls should come with a warning text, “may cause serious eating disorder and faulty view of the female body..”
People seeing the photo on Facebook react and can hardly believe it’s true. Many blames the store for being unethical. Others blame our society, wondering where the world is heading.
The picture reminded me of a conversation I had with a friend last week. Jenny had posted a picture of some old barbie dolls on her wall with the text: “Two of these are (at least) 25 years old, one is new – guess which one is new!”
The post was followed by wild guesses and assumptions, with lots of engagement from Jenny’s friends. Foremost the makeup but also the face shape made me guess that the middle was new, after changing my vote a few times. 🙂
Today, after I shared the image abowe, Jenny stripped the barbies for us (and added a Daisy to the collection – to the right) Here they are. The pale one is the new, the two on her sides are from the eighties.
Barbie seems to have been on a strict diet the last 20 years. Not only the legs are thinner, also the arms and face. And her neck is longer. Perhaps its a mutation from all the shopping she has done. Perhaps it’s not useful, or even fare, to blame one store or chain in Sweden, but you have to start somewhere. I wonder if Barnens Hus has monitoring for Facebook mentions, and in that case what they will do about this tomorrow.