Mattel’s Barbie Is Not A Free Doll

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As a mother to a wonderful little girl (and her three restless, equally wonderful brothers), I can only say that I was saddened by this story about Barbie. More, despite it being as legendary as Lego blocks (which you can’t do otherwise but literally step on in our Adored House, that’s how much the kids enjoy playing it with them), I definitely take into consideration turning this House into a Barbie free House!

And here’s why: Jane Binghham and Rebecca Sypin have submitted an online petition to Mattel trying to get them to create the Beautiful and Bald Barbie. Bingham and Sypin’s 12yo daughter have lost their hair from undergoing chemotherapy as part of their cancer treatment program. Facebook helped in spreading the word and soon it has reached the media – CNN and those alike haven’t heard any word from Mattel other than a letter to Sypin and Bingham, in response to their submission: “Mattel doesn’t accept ideas from outside sources”.

I think the phrase above speaks for itself, sadly. There’s no need for further comment, although, if you’re interested in facts, you’ll find plenty to read here. From now on, I will only look at Barbie with sad eyes, knowing that she’s not free. As such, she has no place in our Free Adored House! Barbie, be gone! (sad face)

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#1 Ellington on 01.14.12 at 10:13 pm

It would be way nifty if Mattel did do this Barbie.
But I am sad that Mattel will not consider it and for legal reason.
It would be a wonderful thing for the company to do and they could donate some of the procedes to various Cancer foundations.
A missed opportunity.

#2 ana on 01.15.12 at 7:15 am

it sounds sweet, but can you imagine a new Barbie to fit any one of the thousands of diseases out there?? what about a Barbie amputee? or a Barbie conjoined twin?
Besides, there are the legal aspects of that. if Mattel accept the idea , somebody will come claiming for author rights..

#3 Riana on 01.15.12 at 11:40 am

ana; I agree and I like your thoughtfulness :)

#4 kpriss on 01.16.12 at 5:55 am

ana, you’re right, of course, there would be an interesting premise to something never seen before which could actually be huge! However, what deranged me the most was their answer “Mattel doesn’t accept ideas from outside sources”?! Come on? Any legal counselor with a shadow of a heart could’ve concocted a more digestible poison of a answer!

just saying…

Plus, like Ellington said, it could be a charitable thing…

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