tokidoki Barbie – Something I Can Get Behind

I’m sorry, I have to share my rant that I posted in a facebook group. This is something I feel strongly about. I’m sorry if I offend anyone, you are more than welcome to have a differing opinion, and I am more than happy to agree to disagree, but this is how I feel. I would also like to note that this doll is a collectors edition doll. It was made for adults who collect Barbie’s, not children. It costs $50. That is not a child’s toy and the uproar over a doll marketed for adults is insane.

Seriously I don’t like Barbie at all. But I could get behind this Barbie and I can’t believe the BS uproar about it. I heard about it on the radio last night on the way home. I just can’t believe it. Children see this on REAL people every day, whether it’s at the grocery store, a restaurant, driving around. Kids see it all of the time. If you’re that paranoid about your child having a doll with a tattoo then I suggest you keep them locked up at home so they never see real people with real tattoos, because this is simply stupid.

I’ve seen so many arguments about how barbies are innocent dolls and blah blah blah. They have unrealistic body shapes and have crazy slutty clothes that you can get for them and you are worried about a freaking tattoo? Gimme a break. Also you don’t have to BUY the doll for your kids, you don’t even have to mention it. In fact the uproar that people are causing are putting it IN the media for kids to see, when they might otherwise never know about this doll. So I’m sorry, if you have a problem with a DOLL with a tattoo, then that’s your problem, don’t buy the doll. It’s that simple. I can’t believe people are freaking out over a doll with a tattoo when kids have access to temporary tattoos everywhere. Blargh. This really upsets me. It’s also teaching kids that it’s okay to be prejudice against people who have body modifications, which isn’t right. This is just… stupid beyond compare and frustrating.

I try to teach my kids to respect everyone, and that it doesn’t matter what someone wears, how many holes they have or how much ink they have on their body. They are people just as much as we are people, and people like different things and that’s okay. This is just teaching kids that it’s bad to have tattoos or body modifications and reinforcing prejudice, and disrespect for people. This is an issue dear to my heart. I don’t want my children growing up to be that kid that bullies someone because they look different. I want them to be able to look at someone and not judge them before they even know them just because of how they look. /rant

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  • Allison Webster

    I love this Barbie, I love her tats, her glitter shoe and wouldlike to have her hair, well her tats too. It is crazy that people are causing a stink over this. Kids see far worse than this doll. They see far worse at school on the playground and on the bus..people need to get over and get a life! :CAT:

  • I whole hartedly AGREE

  • I think the doll is awesome ;)

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  • I completely agree with you, and I think it’s wonderful that you’re teaching your children to respect everyone. Sometimes it really surprises me how judgmental people can be… for example, a little while back, I put my lip stud back in after not wearing it for a couple of years. I make youtube videos, and you know what happened? I got told that I looked like Satan and have an ugly soul! Among other nasty things, and I also lost a handful of subscribers because of it. Seriously, it’s just a tiny piece of jewelry through skin, and yet it makes some people react that strongly :O It’s a strange world we live in… @_@

    • That’s nuts. I don’t get it. There are plenty of people out there who have piercings I would never get, just because I don’t personally like them. That doesn’t mean it’s okay for me to be judgmental or an ass to someone else because they have piercings I don’t like. It’s just crazy. I don’t understand. It’s so much easier and healthier to just accept people as they are.

      • Exactly! I mean, it’s fine if people don’t like the look of it, but there’s no need to be mean about it. There are a lot of things I don’t like the look of, but if I like the person I couldn’t care less if they have an ugly haircut, an ugly piercing, an ugly t-shirt, whatever. And I sure don’t consider myself to have the right to tell another person what they should or should not wear… Apparently, a lot of people feel that they have the right to decide what other people should and should not do. Some people really don’t seem to get the whole “choose your battles” thing, lol ;)

  • Seriously? There’s controversy over tattooed Barbie? That is so ridiculous. I would totally buy that Barbie to add to my collection. I think it may be the coolest Barbie ever made. My kids love to plaster themselves with temporary tattoos because then they can look like mommy. If people are freaking out about a tattooed doll, I wonder what the hell they would think about me. I hope I never meet people like that.

    • I imagine these are the people who give me dirty looks and make comments under their breath when they walk by me. xd

  • A-freakin-men! I could not agree with you more!!

    I personally love this one and should track one down LOL I have a few collectible dolls but none so cool as this!

    And I’d feel this way even if I didn’t have a tattoo (and want more) and a nose ring. I teach my kids acceptance for everyone, no matter how they look–or their disability (I’m disabled and often need a wheelchair).

    I wish my life were so boring I had time to bitch over a TOY.

    FWIW I have no problems w/ Barbies. My daughter had them and while she goes thru “normal” teenage angst, they didn’t damage her self-esteem. It’s bunk.

    • haha I hated Barbies as a child. I took them apart and destroyed them. I just don’t like the slutty clothes and such. I also don’t allow Fumiko to have princess stuff, so some of the barbies are a double-fold hate. xd I’m happy she likes playing with godzilla and hello kitty and will happily buy her Monster High dolls instead of Barbies. They have some super cute plushies.

  • My beef with Barbie is over her completely unrealistic body proportions and slutacular clothing. Tattoos, while I don’t have them myself, do not bother me. Pink hair? Heh. Well, take a look at my gravatar and you’ll know my feelings on that one. ;)

    Like you, I really don’t like my daughter playing with Barbies (she has a few that were given to her as gifts), but my concern isn’t about tattoos or body piercings or unnatural hair colors – it’s the blatant sexualization! This Barbie, on the other hand, is pretty damn cool looking, and unrealistic body proportions aside, I don’t see the big deal.

    • Those are pretty much the reasons why I don’t like Barbie and don’t want Fumiko playing with them. Seriously with all the slutty looking Barbie clothes available I’m shocked that people have issues with a fully clothed Barbie with a tattoo. It boggles the mind. This is the first Barbie ever I’d consider buying for Fumiko. If it were cheaper I’d probably get it since she wants some. For now I think I’ll just get her some Monster High dolls instead. She’s been wanting the plush dolls. I want to see a Barbie with real proportions. I want a chubby Barbie with curves damnit.

  • Dana

    Two and a Half Men has been the number one show on tv for years now and people are upset about this. I guess a man being an alcoholic who sleeps with a different woman every night and lets his nephew see and talk to him like his drinking buddy is fine. But a doll who looks like a normal part of the population is morally corrupt. I really hate Two and a Half Men and now that Ashton Kutcher is on makes it just plain worse. I kept seeing commercials during the football game that had about 15 women in barely there bikinis walking around but people would still get upset if a woman is shown wearing a bra, even if it covers more. The hypocrisy of people is just plain gross.


    • Yeaaah. I really truly do not understand the mentality behind this whole uproar. I just don’t get it. I’ve never ever seen Two and a Half Men. I’ve seen commercials and it just looks stupid. So I’ve never bothered to watch it. It’s pretty amazing that people are freaking out about a tattooed Barbie when there are so many things on tv, the radio, EVERYDAY LIFE that they should be more worried about. I’m sorry but I’m pretty sure your kid has already been exposed to tattoos in a million ways. Not to mention it’s a freaking collector’s edition doll. It’s not even meant for kids. >.< Even if it WERE meant for kids I still would have no issues with it.I haven’t seen Ashton Kutcher commercial yet… I think i’m pretty glad I haven’t.

  • Not to mention the fact that there has already been a tattoo barbie- Totally Stylin’ Tattoos Barbie. Also, this is plainly meant to be a collectors doll for adults that cross over from the TKDK fashion fan to the Barbie fan.

    And I totally agree about your sentiment about not teaching prejudice. Though I don’t hear it anymore, Barbie’s slogan USED to be “we girls can do anything”…Barbie has long been a tool to teach girls that there’s no limits to what they can do. In the early 80’s that may have taken the form of a president or astronaut doll, today it’s tattoos showing our kids that what’s on the outside, be it body mods or gender assignment, should never limit your dreams.

    • I forgot to add the bit about this being a collector’s doll to my post. Seriously this is just nuts. I know many people who love Barbie, it’s just not something I ever liked or was into. If that was their slogan they should have kept it. :( I’m sorry but I think having a popular doll with tattoos is awesome whether it’s a collector’s edition made for adults or for kids. I want my kids to see “controversial” things, I want them to know that being different is okay. I want them to know that people who dress and look different from them are no different than them. Of all the things in the world, they’re having an uproar over a doll? really?

  • Are kids allowed to have parents with tattoos, then? Cos if not, social services is going to be pretty busy trying to protect children from the evils of inked role models.

    • haha Good point. I grew up with my dad covered in tattoos he had his ear pierced too. I grew up loving tattoos. I don’t have any yet, but I’m planning on getting my first on my birthday. “love as thou wilt” across my chest. Things like this piss me off, because it’s teaching kids it’s okay to not like someone, or bully someone, or treat someone differently because they have art on their body. Grrr. Why can’t people just fucking accept the fact that different people like different things and it’s okay. -.- My husband doesn’t like tattoos or piercings, he doesn’t dress “weird” or “crazy”. He’s pretty normal. But he accepts the fact that I like those things and he supports my decision to get pierced, and want a tattoo. Both of our kids already want piercings and tattoos and colored hair and they’re almost 10 and almost 4. Sascha likes his nails painted. Do I give a shit? No. It makes him happy and there is nothing wrong with it. He’s expressing who he feels he is. I realize he’s almost 10, but he’s old enough to know what he likes, at least for now. If he decides to wear polish for the rest of his life, I support that, because that’s one small thing that makes him happy. I’ll support my kids with whatever they choose as long as it’s not harmful to them.

      • The good news is, though, that kids WILL still see this everywhere in real life, like you said. Censors can try and say “don’t look at this, it’s bad”, but as long as there are adults in the real world with piercings, tattoos, strange hair, weird clothes, or what have you… kids will see it. They’ll ask questions. They might be scared, or they might admire it. Either way, there’s something we can do that Barbie can’t: We can answer back. We can give a smile back to an awed kid. We can show them that it’s okay, and that we’re friendly, happy people. I actually used to do that a LOT when I still dyed my hair unnaturally and rocked a bullring. Now that I look more conservative, kids don’t like me as much, lol.

        So they can try and say “this is bad, don’t do this” all they want. Positive body-mod role models are still going to be here to teach kids that weird is perfectly okay.

        • Haha it’s so funny you mention that. Because yesterday at NARA this little boy was fascinated by my hair and was petting my hair and face and asking me how I got my hair that color and what kind of dye I used. I tried to be nice and smile, even though I wanted to run away. But it seems the weirder my hair color or the weirder I dress children flock to me and ask me strange things, like if I’m a witch. I’ve had the strangest encounters with children at NARA. It’s crazy. I feel more comfortable in my own skin having weird hair and piercings and I can’t wait til I get my cheeks pierced and my chest tattooed. I’m saving up the money I make through project wonderful to hopefully have enough to get my cheeks done before my birthday. that would be epic.

          • With great hair comes great power and responsibility, hehe.

      • I painted my son’s nail–camo print–and he kinda liked it–but got teased so he took it off :(

        And my 16yo wants me to dye the ends of her hair purple to match her homecoming dress. Heck yeah!

        Enjoy the tattoo–I waited 13 yrs (so I knew I was sure about it lol) and it was freakin AWESOME–I smiled the whole time.

        • Many of the tattoos I want I’ve wanted since I was in my early teens, so I’m pretty sure I’ll love them if I can get them. :d

  • Soo

    I totally agree with you! the “controversy” is such a joke, and it’s not like a tattooed Barbie is anything new. at least it’s more press for tokidoki, I guess :/