Parents Angry at Tattoo Barbie
Mattel released Totally Stylin' Tattoo Barbie, and parents are, perhaps predictably, not amused.
The frighteningly tall plastic princess comes with clothes, a sheet of stick-on tattoos, and a little purple tattoo gun to apply the stickers to wherever you want to ink your Barbie.
Is this the sort of thing we want to be teaching our little girls? Perhaps a larger question is, why are tattoos "bad"?
It's also worth pointing out that Barbie is an adult character, and has been everything from a vet to an astronaut, and is dating a guy with no you-know-what. So there we are.
Mattel’s Totally Stylin' Tattoo Barbie has hit the shelves, and not very many parents are happy about it. The tattoo gun can be used to stamp tattoos on skin and clothing. The same thing happened in 1999 when Butterfly Art Barbie hit the shelves complete with her very own permanent tattoo on her belly. Parents were outraged. Although Mattel didn’t recall the Barbie, plans to include more of Barbie’s friends with tattoos and even nose rings were scrapped.
Are nose rings really such a big deal? Surely Barbie's alien proportions are more worthy of concern.
And those eyes... those dead, dead eyes. Actually, is that what Brian Johnson was talking about when he sang "She got the sightless eyes/ tellin' me no lies" in You Shook Me All Night Long?