Trashy toys for trashy kids
There’s a line of so-called “fashion dolls” called “Bratz” that seem to be quite popular this holiday season. In fact, it’s a huge franchise, with videogames, clothes, and 1001 spin-off toys. Something called “Family Fun” magazine has granted these tarts a “Toy of the Year” award for the past three years in a row.
That’s fine except for one thing — these dolls look like street sluts and bring kitsch to a whole new level. Now, far be it from me to criticize the stylistic preferences of urban kids here in the 21st century, but this is awful. I mean really — we make fun of humans when they dress like this, so why do we create toys (and their accompanying personas) with such bad taste, and then sell them to impressionable 10-year-olds? (I smell a Wal-Mart conspiracy… )
Been sucking on
a candy cane?
I mean really. Look, they even sport that most horrible affliction of contemporary maquillage, the BJ lip line. There doesn’t even seem to be any irony or sarcasm — they’re pushing this as a viable aesthetic, something cool, to aspire to.
What’s next? G.I. Joes with wife-beater shirts and mullets? Crack House Barbie?