Bad idea circus
Yeah, stripper dolls are awesome. When
are they coming out with the Tera Patrick
Hasbro axes dirty dancer toys for girls
BY DAVE GOLDINER
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
Don't cha wish your daughter had a doll like me? Actually, no.Huh? Stripper dolls? For six year olds?
Toy giant Hasbro scrapped plans for a new line of dolls based on R-rated girl-group the Pussycat Dolls yesterday after coming under mounting pressure from a grass-roots parents protest.
The No. 2 toymaker, which had planned to market the racy dolls to girls as young as 6, bowed to a letter-writing campaign launched last month by Brooklyn mom Lisa Flythe.
"Every single person I spoke to was shocked that this would even be considered," said Flythe, 43, who has a 4-year-old daughter.
"It could be an appropriate adult entertainment product, but definitely not for kids."
Flythe wrote to Hasbro officials last month after hearing about the outrageous plans for the dolls based on the Dolls, a campy burlesque group of dancers.
The Dolls, who are hugely popular with teenagers, have a crossover hit with their song "Don't Cha" featuring lyrics about group sex.
The kids' dolls were supposed to start at $15 a pop and were slated to come out this fall, just in time for the holidays.
All dolled up and no place to go
Believe me, those execs knew exactly what the Pussycats represented. That's why they signed them. They wanted a racy line of dolls because they saw that the doll department was getting racier by the day.
Look at Bratz - the No. 1 selling doll in America. Bratz left Barbie in the dust by dressing like little Paris Hiltons. Their pouts gleam with lip gloss. Their eyes peek out from lashes longer than their skirts.
If hussies are selling, Hasbro must've figured, we'll out-hussy the best of them!
What those execs hadn't realized was that there is a line you don't cross. Bratz may be brazen, but they aren't based on real women with real MTV air time who really sing on a beer ad, "Don't cha wish your girlfriend was a freak like me? Don't cha wish your girlfriend was raw like me?"
Aw, don't cha wish your 6-year-old was chirping about carnal knowledge?
Nope. You don't. That's why the Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood and Dads and Daughters started their letter-writing initiative on Monday and won their victory just two days later.
posted by Steve @ 12:10:00 AM