Here’s what’s killing me about this story, as a person who still plays with dolls: Mattel owns American Girl (sad!) — and American Girl’s last doll of the year was a brown LATINA space nerd. What’s happening with their Barbie brand is: “Great theme but what if she was whiter??”
Watching white women get excited about a blonde, disproportional booby pale doll — in this context — is annoying af.
It was already ???? as to why they didn’t do a Black space nerd given, you know, Hidden Figures. But I’m cool with Latinx kids getting that representation too. White girls could stand to work to identify with Black and brown people. So I have a suggestion:
If you are a Barbie buyer (and I have questions): buy the white Barbie and her accessories. Take off the space clothes, throw the white Barbie out and replace her with a brown or Black or Asian one. Then give *that* to your white kids.
If we are colorblind and race doesn’t matter and all of that jazz, your white kid will have no problem being excited about a Barbie that doesn’t share their race.
Anyway, in case you were wondering, I have two space nerd dolls: Melody the Astronaut and Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, the particle astrophysics theorist. They are better than disproportional Barbie. #BlackGirlMagic
Maybe Mattel plans to sell astrophysics Barbie in different colors but there is still the fact of which one they are advertising with: platinum Barbie. Did I mention also how disproportionate Barbie dolls are???
And yes @MrProfChanda bought me both of those dolls
5 points to the person who recognizes the reference on FE’s dress
20 points to whoever already knew who Frances Ellen Watkins Harper was
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