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Saturday, October 24, 2009

What? Black Canary Barbie?

Looking around I found some posts and opinions about the "Black Canary Barbie doll", referring to her as a "Prostitute Barbie". Well, I'm sure we have had "worse" toys out there than this...

Do you actually know where the "Black Canary" character comes from?

( . She's a DC Comics Super Heroine that is known for her martial art skills and her "Canary Cry", a powered, sonic scream with the ability to shatter objects and incapacitate villains. Do you see any "sexual" reference in that? You can also find information at on Black Canary and her current role in the "Green Arrow and Black Canary" Comic book line.
There are different opinions about it:

“What kind of a message are we sending to little girls?” asks Mark Dice, founder of The Resistance, a Christian media watchdog group. “It's bad enough that young girls look up to Paris Hilton and Britney Spears as role models, and now they’re going to be playing with prostitute Barbie?”

“These dolls should be melted down and recycled,” insists Dice. “What’s next, a drug dealing Ken doll?”
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Elisabeth said “hell, no” she would not be giving it to her daughter. She said that girls need positive images, even in imaginary worlds. Sherri said Barbie used to have business suits or wear a safari outfit and you could tell your daughter they could be those things. She said that this Barbie just looks like a “ho.” Whoopi said that she didn’t go near Barbie as a child because she didn’t look like her. Joy said that Barbie did not like her, either, but looked like a bitch in her class at school. Whoopi said that this Barbie is not for six-year-olds and is for people who are fans of the comic book. Elisabeth said if you are an adult buying that, you’ve got some issues. Whoopi said that she was going to let it go because they don’t know what she is talking about. ( )

I do respect people's opinion, everyone thinks differently, especially when dealing with raising children. But, this opinion is also what we call diversity. I also have to mention that "the Black Canary Barbie" is a collector edition Barbie item, so not only is this particular Barbie doll not marketed to children, but each parent must do their own judgment about buying any toy, we, as adults, cannot forever protect our kids from seeing or learning things that we don't want them to learn, we live in a society, where visual communication is really big, look at what is broadcast on TV, published in magazines, around outdoors, or even at a friend's house? Have you ever seen a Bratz doll? Well, as I said, everyone has a different opinion, but we can't control what ours kids will learn or see out there, but we can definitely teach them what is right and what is wrong.
Imagine, if we did have to stop our lives, just to watch out for the future generation, if that's the case, then let's just burn the world and build a new one!
"Teach them that character, talent, a sense of modesty and a sense of their own value is just as important if not more important than appearance. Teach them that they are special and not made to be ogled by some bystander,” Liebau said.Read more:

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