September 22, 2005

It's Abaya Barbie!


Actually, her name is Fulla and apparently she's selling like gang-busters all 'round the Middle East. You can read the article either as an example of a company that hit the sweet spot with its marketing campaign, or else as a leading indicator of creeping Islamic conservatism. Or perhaps both.

The Llama-ettes have a whole sorority house worth of Barbies. I'm a little uneasy about this concept of a direct link between dolls' costumes and the promotion of kiddie moral values, because every single one of their dolls is buck-naked, right down to Little Mermaid Barbie, who got stripped of her tail.

UPDATE: Well, in the name of fairness, I hunted around a bit to see if I could find Evangelical Barbie. But no dice. However, I did come across this site which includes, among many others Stable-Boy's Punishment Barbie, Biker Barbie and "Daaaa-aaad! When Do I Get To Play With Her?" Barbie.

Posted by Robert at September 22, 2005 03:29 PM | TrackBack

Sounds like the Llama-ettes got the "Uday and Qusay" version of Fulla.

Posted by: The Colossus at September 22, 2005 03:48 PM

One of my sons got hung up on "my little pony" when he was about 5. I bought one for him... He just loved the thing to death! He also cycled through the little mermaid... Does it mean anything? At 21, he seems to be okay.

Posted by: babs at September 22, 2005 03:53 PM


Are you sure he's ok? He's not displaying any weird behavior like blogging on his garden or anything like that?

Posted by: Brian B at September 22, 2005 04:17 PM

Quiet, you.

Posted by: Robbo the LB at September 22, 2005 04:54 PM

The poor Middle Eastern fools! We will sell them the naked Barbies (beneath the Hijab) with which we will undermine their social order, beginning with their young men. It is only a matter of time.


Posted by: Dave at September 22, 2005 06:34 PM

Robbo, a round-up of multi-culti Barbies would be incomplete without mentioning the Talking Pregnant Trailer-Trash Barbie, as can be seen here:

Posted by: utron at September 22, 2005 06:49 PM

The reason OBL thought he could take us on was because he was playing with his G.I.Joe dolls and realized that they weren't anatomically correct. He then assumed that Americans had no balls. Silly Osama

Posted by: rbj at September 23, 2005 12:37 PM

what is the difference between Fulla Barbie and a Hockey player? Hockey players shower after 3 periods.

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