When I was a little boy, I had the most fun playing my female cousin’s Barbie’s. And to think, no one saw the signs that I was gay then? I even asked for a Baywatch Barbie for Christmas one year which came with a dolphin toy as well. The funny part is, I got it! The fad soon passed but I still look back at that and think it’s absolutely hilarious. Imagine if that would have been the start to an adult Barbie collection? But, for those of you who are collectors of the Mattel toy, there is a new doll on the market that is causing quite the controversy.
It’s called the tokidoki Barbie and she features some pretty serious visible ink on her shoulders and chest. Pretty badass if you ask me but some parents aren’t having it. They are suggesting that this may cause children to want tattoos at a young age. However, Mattel is insisting that this edition of doll is meant for adult Barbie collectors only. Here is what a few parents from Virgina are saying:
“If I give it to [my daughter] she will think [tattoos are] okay. She may want to go get some.” – Bill Smith
“[It’s] teaching kids to want tattoos before they are old enough to dress like that.” – Kevin Buckner
The ultimate decision however lies in the parent am I right? Just because Barbie has tattoos doesn’t mean that they are going to want them. Some children may wonder why their doll has so many drawings on it. But again, for a child to have this doll, the parents have to buy it for them first. So, don’t buy it, don’t start the conversation. If I collected Barbies, I would definitely want to add this doll to my collection. What do you think of Mattel’s new Barbie? Sound off below.