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Tattooed Barbie Stirs Up Controversy

Tattooed Barbie

A new tattooed Barbie–known officially as Totally Stylin’ Tattoos Barbie–has some parents crying foul play. The updated doll, revealed as part of Barbie’s 50th birthday celebration this month, comes with dozens of small tattoo stickers. Kids can place them anywhere on Barbie’s body (or their own bodies), using a play tattoo gun that also comes with the kit.

The Tattooed Barbie Debate

Barbie-maker Mattel has said the tattooed Barbie provides a way for kids to “be creative” with the doll. Some parents, naturally, see it differently, suggesting that a “Totally Pierced Barbie” or a “Divorce Barbie” could come next.

Barbie has been inked before: Back in 1999, Mattel released a Butterfly Art Barbie that came with a permanent tattoo on Barbie’s stomach.

Hey, at least it’s not pregnant Barbie (which was actually her friend Midge, not Barbie herself). The doll with the removable baby belly caused a far greater outcry from concerned parents and was eventually discontinued.

As for the tattooed Barbie, Mattel says it’s selling better than expected and there are no plans to pull it from the product lineup.

Totally Stylin Tattoos Barbie

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20 Responses to “Tattooed Barbie Stirs Up Controversy”

  1. meme

    Attention overly sensitive parents, please lock your children in a cage, they might see it.

  2. Kelly Crabtree

    Some parents do not love Barbie’s new affinity for tattoos. Though, as your post states, Mattel thinks Stylin’ Tattoo Barbie can be used as a creative outlet for children, parents are not as enthused. Much as parents criticize TV shows and movies for makings today’s youth more violent, sexualized, or rebellious, they are following the same theory with Tattoo Barbie, without taking any responsibility themselves. Firstly, if parents do not buy the doll for their daughter she will not play with it. It is the adults who have the power. Secondly, just because children are surrounded by media, and in this case a toy, does not mean parents can stop parenting. Instead of decrying a doll for possibly making a child want a tattoo, parents should talk to their kids about that decision. As one parent states, “Now she’s teaching our little girls how to apply tramp stamps.” That is giving Barbie a lot of credit. If parents do not want their daughter to have a “tramp stamp” then it is up to them to talk to their child. This goes for several situations. Just as parents should not rely on movies for their children to learn about sex, dolls should not teach kids behaviors, such as getting a tattoo, which is permanent and can be dangerous.

    Furthermore, although there is abundant talk about the affect toys can have on a child’s behavior, there is no empirical research about the impact of Barbie on girl’s lives. Therefore, parents should stop putting responsibility on outside entities, and instead focus on relationships with their children. After all, parents are the one’s that should ultimately guide and shape a child’s decisions, not a toy. Stylin’ Tattoo Barbie is just that and should be treated as such.

  3. Kelly Crabtree

    Some parents do not love Barbie’s new affinity for tattoos. Though, as your post states, Mattel thinks Stylin’ Tattoo Barbie can be used as a creative outlet for children, parents are not as enthused. Much as parents criticize TV shows and movies for makings today’s youth more violent, sexualized, or rebellious, they are following the same theory with Tattoo Barbie, without taking any responsibility themselves. Firstly, if parents do not buy the doll for their daughter she will not play with it. It is the adults who have the power. Secondly, just because children are surrounded by media, and in this case a toy, does not mean parents can stop parenting. Instead of decrying a doll for possibly making a child want a tattoo, parents should talk to their kids about that decision. As one parent states, “Now she’s teaching our little girls how to apply tramp stamps.” That is giving Barbie a lot of credit. If parents do not want their daughter to have a “tramp stamp” then it is up to them to talk to their child. This goes for several situations. Just as parents should not rely on movies for their children to learn about sex, dolls should not teach kids behaviors, such as getting a tattoo, which is permanent and can be dangerous.

    Furthermore, although there is abundant talk about the affect toys can have on a child’s behavior, there is no empirical research about the impact of Barbie on girl’s lives. Therefore, parents should stop putting responsibility on outside entities, and instead focus on relationships with their children. After all, parents are the one’s that should ultimately guide and shape a child’s decisions, not a toy. Stylin’ Tattoo Barbie is just that and should be treated as such.

  4. beck

    oh come on. the “gun” looks nothin liek a real tattoo gun and isn't it better htat your children grow up accepting tattoos than stereotyping people who have tattoos.

  5. TheRealMe

    can i just say they are just stickers, yes it may be called totaly stylin' tatoo barbie but they are just stickers. stickers that will do no harm to a child. But as for parents going mental because ” heven forbid it should be tatoo barbie” it's not goinng to harm them, stickers wont hurt them and you can get your child some different stickers too put on the babie. this will aid in the childs development of being an individual and not a sheep which they might become if all the dolls they play with are the same.

  6. Ken Koziol

    Hey to all you stupid parent out there, your child need to be 18 to get a tattoo, so unless you sign off on it, you are still in control. So don't forget to lock them in their room tonight so they won't get any bad ideas.

  7. Michelle Costabile Torres

    STUPID! I have 3 little girls, why would this be a normal doll to play with? A Barbie is for a child, not for anybody else. Let them be kids.

  8. Troy Haraway

    You can't keep your children from making mistakes. Making mistakes is part of growing up, I would recommend talking with them before they make a decision on getting a tattoo. Remember no matter how you feel about tattoos it is an individual thing, and your wife can always go behind your back and let your daughter get a tattoo anyway. Who should you be upset with then?

  9. Mellisa Kay

    Sounds like they need to do some kid surveys to find out what kind of doll they'd like to see, since the design execs. are too busy(or past imaginitive thought) to try to come up with anything better than something that's already failed twice. Besides, what's the kids chances that they will use it improperly unless THE PARENTS have(NOT) taught them that? As for me, I let me older child wear appropriate temp tattoos, so I'd find it hard to not let her do that to Barbie if she so wished. She comes with more appropriate clothes here than I saved from when I was a kid, when she even came with lingerie!

  10. Brittany Osborne

    I suppose some of you who are against this Barbie don't let your kids wear temporary tattoos either? It's life its 2011 not 1911.. everyone is entitled to grow up to what they want with their life and body! there are several "career" barbies out there, what's wrong with being a tattoo artist? or just getting tattoos? How about teaching your children to be open minded and as a parent accepting whatever they want in life?

  11. Carmen Alvarez

    if ya don't like it don't buy it I think there is more to be said about other influences out there that impact our children and my daughter getting a tattoo when she is old enough to make that desicion is the least of my worries! LOL by the time the are of age there will be a hundred different things that will be influencing them not the barbie they played with as children!