Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Barbie Video Girl

Have you heard about the latest Barbie doll, Barbie Video Girl and the controversy surrounding it? Apparently the FBI has issued a cyber crime alert on the new doll.

Mattel's Barbie Video Girl has a video camera lens built into its necklace that can record up to 30 minutes of footage to be downloaded on a computer.

According to the Associated Press, "Officials warn that it could possibly be used to produce child pornography, but say they don't have any reported crimes. The FBI's Sacramento office issued a report with the warning on the doll last month...A Mattel spokeswoman says the FBI has confirmed no reported incidents of using the doll for criminal activity." Oh, Mattel, it's just a matter of time, now.

Hmm, interesting choice for a doll. I guess Barbie was getting a bit bored hanging out in the Dream House with Skipper and Ken, tooling around in her Corvette Power Wheels, so she needed a new hobby. Here she
is filming her new posse. Clearly, Ken has gone "all Justin Timberlake" on his bad self.

I can tell you ONE thing that WON'T be under our tree this Christmas.
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Courtney said...

that's just crazy.
kids dont need that sort of stuff!

Teresa at Splendid Sass said...

Who thinks up these crazy ideas? Geez.
I wish I could go back for a day in my world of Barbies.
Life just isn't the same now. Did that sound like my mother? Hum.
Thanks for sharing.

Samma said...

This is insane and super creepy!

Lily Lemontree said...

I agree with the commenters before me, absolutely crazy and creepy! What does a child young enough to be playing with Barbie dolls need a video camera for, have people gone completely insane!!

Tiffany from HOLIDAY said...

Oh, gosh...nor under my tree! Funny tidbit: my maiden name is Skipper and my highschool boyfriend was Kevin. As a joke he gave me the Skipper & Kevin dolls.

myletterstoemily said...

"on his bad self!" hee hee!

when my girls were little, i forbade
barbies, because i wanted them to
play with baby dolls.

my mom, of course, gave them a
barbie extravaganza Christmas. sigh.

oh well, there were bigger things to
worry about. :)

Haven and Home said...

That is just weird to me.

hostess of the humble bungalow said...

This toy should be pulled from the market pronto...
who would buy it?
And worse what kind of person designed it?

LM said...

That's too bad...I picked that up for Miss E. for Christmas...guess I'll be making a return!

Only kidding of course! Wow!

Tessa said...

what's crazier is to think that they did market research when this was in development. who on earth would have ever said they would buy this?

QueenBeeSwain said...

my jaw seriously just dropped. how sad is it that *that* could be a by-product of this? just breaks my heart.


Jane said...

I agree this is pretty weird but Barbie has always been a bit strange. In the 70s I had a Barbie where you twisted her arm and she grew breasts and an inch taller. I thought it was the best thing ever although now we would say it is bad for body image etc. xo

Pink Martini said...

I'm glad toys like this didn't exist even a few years ago for my guys. They had a great time building things and pulling wooden trains across the tracks. Now they excel in college. Coinkydink? I think not! :)

bevy said...

That is too awful. And good for you for publicizing this!