Mexico Barbie falls beneath expectations for many who say doll is stereotypical

Critics say Mattel's Mexico Barbie falls short of teaching young girls about Mexican American culture by demonstrating strong stereotypes, according to a Thursday report.

ABC News reported that the doll, soon to be sold in stores, is decked out in a bright pink dress with ruffles, lace and brightly colored ribbon. She also reportedly comes with a Chihuahua and passport.

According to the report, it's the passport that most people find offensive, in light of the politically charged discussions of immigration in the United States.

But all of the Barbie dolls in the Dolls of the World line reportedly come with passports. Other dolls in the line represent countries such as Chile, Holland, the Philippines, Spain, India, China and France.

China Barbie is seen holding a small panda on the Mattel website, and France Barbie is holding a basket of bread while wearing a beret.

Claudya Martinez, a writer for MamasLatinas, told ABC News, "I think a lot of people would like to pretend that there is no more racism and that people are not facing barriers because of their background or their culture."

She added, "If you happen to be one of the cultures who is continuously bombarded with stereotypes, it's hard not to notice that the progress you that had been made has been taken for granted."

But, according to ABC News, the company insists that their intention was to educate girls about cultures around the world.

"Our goal with the Dolls of the World Mexico Barbie, as well as the entire Dolls of the World Collection, is to celebrate cultural differences and tradition, introducing girls to the world through play," Mattel spokeswoman Stefani Yocky reportedly said in a written statement.

Do you think Mattel Inc. crossed the line with their new line of Barbie dolls? Or are people overreacting?


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