Mexico Barbie sparks controversy

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SAN DIEGO — The new Mexico Barbie is wearing a brightly colored dress and has long, flowing hair, but it’s what she’s holding in her hand has some people shaking their heads.

“I laughed because it`s just so extreme like, yikes!  Why don’t you have her holding a burrito too?” said Jasmyn Troncoso.  “That’s just awful.”

barbieMexico Barbie joined the “Dolls of the World” collection that represents nations like Spain, China, France, Chile and the Philippines.  Mexico Barbie is also holding a passport and a Chihuahua.

“Oh shut up!” said Yesenea Yanez at seeing what the doll is holding.  “Giving her a passport — are you kidding me? That’s just insulting.”

Toy manufacturer Mattel tweeted, “We’re sorry.  We didn’t mean any offense.”

The company also pointed out that all 100 Barbie Dolls of the World have a passport and an animal.  Some people still don’t like it, given the ongoing immigration debate.

Mattel also released this statement:

“We consulted with the Mexican Embassy on the Dolls of the World Mexico Barbie, especially with respect to the selection of the Chihuahua. Our goal with the Dolls of the World Mexico Barbie, as well as the entire Dolls of the World Collection, is to celebrate cultural differences and tradition, introducing girls to the world through play.”

Some San Diegans said people are upset over nothing and the doll is fine.

“It’s just a doll with a dress,” said Olga Delgadillo.

Some said they don’t mind it.

“I’m perfectly fine with this Barbie,” said Karla Anell.

Others though said they fear it may reinforce stereotypes.

14 comments

  • Normal Guy

    All the dolls have a passport and an animal? So what's the problem?

    This isn't even a PC issue, it's a overly sensitive, lack of common sense issue.

    Lighten up folks.

  • Yoyis

    I see nothing wrong with the Mexican Barbie. The dress is representative of Mexico, specifically the State of Jalisco, where the "mariachis", very Mexican too, originated. A Chihuahua dog? This type of dog is known in Mexico since the time of the Aztecs. A passport? That is an official document/instrument one needs to have if we are going to other countries. Obviously, 11 million people living in the US do not own one, know them, or even care to have one when entering a foreign country.

  • guest

    OMG i'm LMAO here…a PASSPORT!!?? shouldnt it be a Green Card??

    this is soo UN-PC…hilarious!!!
    ohh ok all the dolls have passports…ok just for a minueto there..i thought…haaaaaa

  • schmickity

    Thats not very accurate, everyone knows mexicans never have passports, they just crawl through holes in the fence like rats… and do the 4 kids hide under the dress? I'm assuming that Mexican Barbie is about 20 years old, so forgive me if my number is low.

  • Jennifer

    Get over it. Mattel has done nothing wrong. It’s exhausting catering to all these people crying discrimination. Let’s have a Caucasian day. Should I be offended at Mexican Barbie. Maybe.

  • guest

    it be really funny if she be holding an assault rifle…made in USA!!

    badges?? we no need to show you our BADGES!!!

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