Monday, November 28, 2005

This Is MY Side of the Street, Sister!

If it wasn't for James Lileks, I wouldn't know what Bratz dolls are. He calls them "hooker-in-training dolls". I can't think of a more apt description for the plastic creepies.

And if it wasn't for James Lileks, I also wouldn't know that Mattel is churning out a line of Barbie dolls all hookered up like Bratz dolls. They do look a lot alike. So much so, in fact, that MGA Entertainment, the maker of Bratz, is going to court with Mattel over the matter.

Let's take a look at the take of contemporary journalism on this story. Rather than showing side-by-side photos of the two dolls in order that readers may make their own comparisons, the article from the Moist-Towelette's online edition (and presumably the print edition also) includes a photograph of a Bratz and a Bling-Bling Barbie fighting on the ground. Bratz appears to be winning, probably on account of the fact that she has a bigger, thicker head that can incapacitate a Barbie with a single headbutt. It looks like Bratz is upset because Barbie tried to muscle in on her territory.

My little girls love their Barbies, but there is no way that I am willingly going to allow them to find out about the existence of either hooker doll. I love them being little, but the sooner they grow out of the Barbie doll phase, the better.

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