Apr 12, 2013 10:50 AM by ABC(PHOTO COURTESY: AMAZON)
Your thoughts? Meet Mexican Barbie. Some are offended because she's decked out in a colorful dress holding a Chihuahua. Mattel says that this barbie line was meant to respect and teach children about different cultures, but critics say it's an example of cultural insensitivity. What do you think?
The Mexico Barbie Doll is "dressed for a fabulous fiesta in her vibrant pink dress with ruffles, lace and brightly colored ribbon accent," according to the doll's description on Mattel Inc.'s website. For $29.95, she's sold with a pet Chihuahua, a passport and a sticker sheet to record her travels.
Part of Mattel's new "Dolls of the World" collection, Mexico Barbie joins the ranks of international dolls representing nations such as Chile, Holland, the Philippines, Spain, India, China and France.
While all the dolls in the collection come with a passport, some critics say Mexico Barbie is representative of cultural insensitivity, rather than an educational tool that "teaches girls about the culture, traditions and ancestral dress of Mexico," as described by Mattel on its website.
"It sounds to me like Mattel took some shortcuts," Jason Ruiz, a professor of American studies at Notre Dame University in South Bend, Ind., said. "The bright pink ribbons? A Chihuahua? That kind of stuff is so easy to use."