By now everyone has heard of the Burqa Barbie that was brought out by Matell.... I and many others from ACT 4 America had sent them e-mails noting our displeasure with that doll. Here is their response to my e-mail:
From: FP Consumer Affairs (CATS) FPConsumerAffairsCATS@Fisher-Price.com
Subject: In Reference to Case Number: 17530577
Date: Thursday, December 3, 2009, 5:25 PM
In Reference to Case Number: 17530577
Thank you for contacting us. We appreciate the opportunity to respond. In this case, Italian artist and designer Eliana Lorena used Barbie as a model to showcase her interpretation of cultural dress from around the world. Barbie was literally her canvas and the outfits were the artist's personal expression. This was one of the 500 different Barbie dolls representing 500 different cultures that were auctioned at a charity event. Barbie has no religious affiliation and we have no plans to make commercial editions of the dolls. These dolls are not available for sale.
Mattel Consumer Relations service.mattel.com
So there you have it. Listen people...if we don't speak up and display our displeasure and in some cases our outrage at things that concern us, we may as well just hand everything over to them. SPEAK UP!! Write those letters!! Remember what Martin Luther King once said: "Speak without fear."