Mattel’s New Barbie Has Sparked A Controversy
Sep 20th, 2019
Mattel is known for creating unique designs, especially with Barbie. Recently, it captured the attention of millions of people worldwide after it released its first Barbie that is wearing a headscarf.
This Barbie is a part of Mattel’s “Shero” line. This is specifically dedicated to the most inspirational women of the world which included Misty Copeland, Emmy Rossum, Ava DuVernay, Ashley Graham, and Gabby Douglas.
Mattel made the Barbie with a headscarf in honor of Ibtihaj Muhammad, a saber competitor, and an Olympic Bronze medalist. She proudly wore her hijab while competing at the Rio Olympic games in 2016. Muhammad hosted the doll’s debut and she was very excited about it. She said:
“I think it’s revolutionary for Barbie to take a stand at this moment that we’re in — and I would say, as a country, to have a doll wear a hijab and be the first of its kind. ” Muhammad also explained that there has never been a Barbie doll to wear hijab before.
She added, “I’m really excited to have this moment happen in my life and also for all these little girls now who can shop for Barbie doll that may look like them, may wear hijab as they do, or like their mom does, or like a friend does. ”
Muhammad is not the only one who has big hopes for the doll. Even the Glamour editor-in-chief, Cindi Leive, also shared her sentiments. She said:
“Ibtihaj Muhammad has challenged every stereotype — which to me is the definition of a modern American woman. ” She explained that the year before, Muhammad was the first athlete from the U. S.
to compete in the Olympics wearing a hijab, and today everyone were thrilled to celebrate Ibtihaj as the first hijab-wearing Barbie. She added, “She will play a tremendous role in ensuring that girls of the future see themselves represented fully and beautifully in our culture. ”
The new Barbie was introduced to the public and made available for purchase in the fall of 2018. A lot of people were thrilled for its release, yet there are others who obviously were not impressed. When Daily Mail shared their article regarding this amazing news, their comments section was bombarded by mixed reactions.
Here are some of the comments shared:
“Very odd that a symbol of female oppression is being called revolutionary.”
“PC as usual.”
“I bet sales will really be off the chart for that one.”
“The libs are lining up now… Great Festive gift.”
Others also thought that Barbie reflected a double standard. A commenter wrote, “I’ll guarantee you will never see a Barbie wearing a cross or carrying a Bible though.”
As expected, there were a few critics, but most of the commenters believe that how this new Barbie doll was presented is a huge step towards representation. A lot of readers believe that dolls should be diverse. It should represent everyone and not just the blond girl that most of us are so used to.
Equality is important and this should also reflect even with toys. Remember that kids minds are like sponges. At a young age, they should already learn that no matter who you are, what your gender is, what race you are from, or whatever the color of your skin is, that everyone is equal. And Mattel is surely making that change.