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The first black Barbie to use a
wheelchair is here, and people are
loving the message it sends to kids

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Posted By: NorthernDog, 6/28/2019 10:15:02 PM

A black Barbie who wears her natural hair and uses a wheelchair has become an internet sensation. The doll is the first black Barbie to use a wheelchair, and is featured in Mattel's Fashionista line, which is a part of the company's ongoing attempt to create more inclusive toys. The Barbie was announced during the New York Toy Fair in February 2019, and officially launched in June. Mattel's newest doll retails for $19.99 and can be purchased from Target and other major retailers around the world. On Thursday, a Twitter user shared a photo of the Barbie, which comes with

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Does she have a school bus taking her to Berkeley?

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Reply 1 - Posted by: jalo1951 6/28/2019 10:23:01 PM (No. 109337)
Frankly I'm waiting for "Abortion Barbie". Barbie, Justice Warrior.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: Jed 6/28/2019 10:23:41 PM (No. 109338)
But not transgendered?
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Reply 3 - Posted by: yottyhere 6/28/2019 10:32:12 PM (No. 109341)
Got a couple of friends with kidlettes in wheelchairs so I will wait for their opinion......
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Reply 4 - Posted by: Safari Man 6/28/2019 10:32:21 PM (No. 109342)
I’m sure the package has a long list of checkboxes on the side. It comes with a stack of miniature bumper stickers with which you can festoon the chair - one for each of the 26 dimocrats candidates.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623 6/28/2019 10:47:18 PM (No. 109348)
Seems like a great idea. However, she has white facial features. Mulatto Barbie ?
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Reply 6 - Posted by: TLCary 6/28/2019 11:02:31 PM (No. 109357)
She has a long plastic neck that looks like a straw.. so this is illegal contraband in San Francisco. Matel successfully sued a band for “Come on Barbie Let’s Go Party” for damaging their brand by sexualizing their product... Before they came out with Dominatrix “Black Canary Barbie” with her fishnet tights, high boots and a black leather jacket and Rape and Vengeance backstory. All from a company that quotes the AMA on letting girls be girls and how damaging it is to sexualize these impressionable children. Well, whatever sells the product on any given day...
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Reply 7 - Posted by: chumley 6/28/2019 11:06:57 PM (No. 109359)
Ken dindu nuffin.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: voxpopuli 6/28/2019 11:20:11 PM (No. 109365)
RACISM!! inferring blacks are cripples..
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Reply 9 - Posted by: Lucky5 6/28/2019 11:32:35 PM (No. 109371)
I think this is great. The doll is lovely and the wheelchair is great and a ramp. Having taken care of someone in a wheelchair for 8 years, people need to be made much more aware of wheelchairs. People would watch me struggle to hold a door open and push my person in the wheelchair through and not even help. Same with elevators. Sad.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: konocti95 6/29/2019 12:10:39 AM (No. 109385)
The article said this is Barbie's 60th birthday. When are they coming out with a "wrinkly" Barbie?
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Reply 11 - Posted by: Rumblehog 6/29/2019 12:41:06 AM (No. 109394)
And what makes you think "she" isn't a "he," hmmmm? Next up will be the Latino Barbie with her band of coyotes who helped her into the country.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: MDConservative 6/29/2019 12:42:30 AM (No. 109395)
Comes complete with disability checks and an EBT card. Transgender Ken? Just slap his head on her body...works every time.
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Reply 13 - Posted by: Peeps 6/29/2019 1:09:55 AM (No. 109396)
A Downs Syndrome barbie would be lovely, not even kidding.
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Reply 14 - Posted by: Toby Ten Bears 6/29/2019 4:29:04 AM (No. 109410)
Yuck... Just yuck. Everything is a political pander... appeasement at all costs. Idiots.
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Reply 15 - Posted by: Pepper Tree 6/29/2019 6:03:08 AM (No. 109430)
They need to come out with a bouffant-haired TV preacher doll so kids can do pretend miracle healings and sell miracle water.
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Reply 16 - Posted by: M2 6/29/2019 6:24:05 AM (No. 109443)
What, she’s not gay, too?
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Reply 17 - Posted by: Sunhan65 6/29/2019 6:44:16 AM (No. 109457)
How about burn victim Barbie? I mean, why not, right? If there's any group in our society, no matter how small, that feels insufficiently represented in all our daily lives, then lets distort everything we do to cater to them until that feeling goes away. Let's start at the top. Barbie is not reality and was never intended to be. She was a fantasy deliberately designed to be what most girls were not: breezy, pretty, carefree. Barbie was simple and happy. She didn't have social issues or personal problems or birth defects. She was not representative; she was aspirational. And you couldn't make her representative if you try. "Transgender Barbie?" That's not even possible. Have a look under the hood: Barbie's missing some parts. She isn't even anatomically correct, and yet we're supposed to make her politically correct. Under the letter of the law, I am technically disabled. I have never accepted any of the privileges the law entitles me to, nor would I expect anyone to indulge me in any way because of it. It embarrasses me when people make an issue of it or seek special treatment on my behalf. So why does anyone else care that their particular minority isn't represented in something? Why is there now a social score card for everything we do? There has never been a diabetic super hero. Does that mean society is prejudiced against diabetics? Of course not. It means diabetes is irrelevant. I don't want heroes share my diseases. I want heroes who inspire me and take me out of my own life. Barbie belongs in her Dream House, where little girls can join her from time to time and leave their troubles behind for awhile.
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Reply 18 - Posted by: hoosierblue 6/29/2019 7:21:16 AM (No. 109482)
Don't kids have a hard enough time growing up without adding things like this.
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Reply 19 - Posted by: franq 6/29/2019 7:53:31 AM (No. 109503)
They're running out of ideas.
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Reply 20 - Posted by: WhamDBambam 6/29/2019 8:01:22 AM (No. 109512)
I heard that Mattel was going bankrupt.
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Reply 21 - Posted by: HotRod 6/29/2019 8:57:49 AM (No. 109548)
I disagree that the black Barbie has ''natural hair. It is the ''Mickey Mouse'' hair style. Two round ''ears'' is not natural.
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Reply 22 - Posted by: MOAB 6/29/2019 9:14:42 AM (No. 109564)
I'm sure the first talking 500 pound black loud mouth cussing Barbie will sell millions of them.
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Reply 23 - Posted by: Catfur27 6/29/2019 9:36:50 AM (No. 109585)
..Baby-momma Barbie...comes with 10 Govt.cash-flow kids (...all by different Ken dolls...)
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Reply 24 - Posted by: Strike3 6/29/2019 12:51:13 PM (No. 109764)
I guess selling a black Barbie using a computer or saying nice things to white people would be a bit of a stretch?
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Reply 25 - Posted by: franq 6/29/2019 1:02:35 PM (No. 109779)
Scooter, oxygen tank and nasal cannula sold separately. Some assembly required. Batteries not included.
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Reply 26 - Posted by: Smart11344 6/29/2019 1:49:28 PM (No. 109823)
Will she be pregnant and not know who father is?
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