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Hafen von Schlockenberg Supporting Member of TMP03 Apr 2017 9:01 p.m. PST

Mistakes were made.

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There have been others,but. . .nobody thought this through? Really?

Buff Orpington Inactive Member04 Apr 2017 3:11 a.m. PST

Not sure I understand, is there some hidden meaning?

Waco Joe04 Apr 2017 3:36 a.m. PST

An oreo is a derogatory term for an African American, whom other African Americans deem is acting too "white".

Personal logo Andrew Walters Supporting Member of TMP04 Apr 2017 7:20 a.m. PST

I'm gonna go with: this is a fake. A mockery of the actual "black" Barbies, perhaps.

Personal logo Andrew Walters Supporting Member of TMP04 Apr 2017 7:21 a.m. PST

…and I'm wrong. A quick google says that once again people have been clumsier than I expected was possible.

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Hafen von Schlockenberg Supporting Member of TMP04 Apr 2017 7:40 a.m. PST

Yep. I remember seeing the ads for "Growing Up Skipper" and thinking them odd.

I thought about posting "Pregnant Midge"--but that one is just too grotesque.

How do some of these things get green lighted?

Of course there's this (assuming it plays for you--won't for me--but that may be Verizon punishing me for using too much of my "unlimited" data):

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Hafen von Schlockenberg Supporting Member of TMP04 Apr 2017 8:49 a.m. PST

Watch Skipper "grow". Kinda creeps me out,now.

https://youtu.be/zv8ZGlTBazI

"C-section Midge" would have been more accurate, but I doubt that would have helped. . .

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP04 Apr 2017 9:45 a.m. PST

"How do some of these things get green lighted?"

Exactly! How in the world indeed. Specially when so many must have had to bless it before the final decision was made up top.

Dan

Who asked this joker04 Apr 2017 10:17 a.m. PST

So, Oreo Barbie was originally white. They added the African-American version for options for others who wanted a different role model. Right idea with a poor execution. Big dummies.

Buff Orpington Inactive Member04 Apr 2017 12:48 p.m. PST

@Waco Joe, thanks, I suspected it would be something like that.

Hafen von Schlockenberg Supporting Member of TMP05 Apr 2017 8:25 a.m. PST

Joker--you're right,and honestly, I have mixed feelings about the skewering they got. In fact, I came across this after hearing a radio story about "Wheelchair Barbie". You can't fault them for making a kind of role model for kids in those circumstances, right? But then. . .

The story featured a woman who bought one for her Barbie-loving daughter,who was excited to get a Barbie like her. Then she discovered that Barbie's wheelchair wouldn't fit through the doors of her "Dreamhouse",much less in Barbie's elevator. So Wheelchair Barbie's difficulties ended up replicating the child's own experiences,and not the positive ones.

Another case of good intentions with unfortunate results. Sigh.

On a lighter note(!)--if Mattel had teamed up with Ritz,we might have had a "Cracker Barbie"!

zoneofcontrol Inactive Member05 Apr 2017 9:04 a.m. PST

The list omitted "Wargamer Barbie". You turn one arm and the waistline expands. You turn the other arm and the hairline recedes. Don't even ask what happens when you pull her finger!

Private Matter05 Apr 2017 12:31 p.m. PST

+2 zoneofcontrol

Hafen von Schlockenberg Supporting Member of TMP07 Apr 2017 8:19 p.m. PST

Update: Not in the same category,really,as this one was available exclusively at the San Diego Comicon, and aimed at collectors:

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I doubt many parents would want "Orion Slave Girl Barbie" as a role model for their girls.

zoneofcontrol Inactive Member08 Apr 2017 4:10 a.m. PST

Oooo! Mint Chocolate Chip Barbie!

Hafen von Schlockenberg Supporting Member of TMP08 Apr 2017 1:40 p.m. PST

ZOC--that rates one Guffaw!

Is there an emoji for that?

Hafen von Schlockenberg Supporting Member of TMP10 Apr 2017 10:47 a.m. PST

Silly question--of course there is:


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Should come in useful on TMP.

kallman11 Apr 2017 6:56 a.m. PST

I think this kind of thing happens because company executives who have zero clues about the real world and live in an insulated environment are victims of their own social inbreeding.

For the love of…

Hafen von Schlockenberg Supporting Member of TMP24 Apr 2017 11:46 a.m. PST

I suppose we should have a guy doll fail,for balance:


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https://youtu.be/E1zRaPOzclI

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