Barbie Chihuahua; Are Mexican Barbie’s Pink Passport And Chihuahua Accessories Racist? [PHOTO]

By iScienceTimes Staff on April 11, 2013 10:30 AM EDT

Mexican Barbie has a Chihuahua, passport and plenty of controversy. (Photo: Mattel)
Mexican Barbie has a Chihuahua, passport and plenty of controversy. (Photo: Mattel)

The Barbie Chihuahua that accompanies the Mexican Barbie in Mattel's "Dolls of the World" collection is a cute accessory, but the Barbie Chihuahua is being overlooked due to the outrage caused by a pink passport included with the doll. In addition to the Barbie Chihuahua and pink passport, the doll comes  with a sticker sheet that critics see as part of a documentation package that makes light of the immigration situation in the U.S.

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"The folks over at Mattel are so smart, that not only they have come up with a Mexican Barbie, but they have given her all the possible tools to go around the U.S. the world undisturbed," journalist Laura Martinez wrote on her blog. "Play with your Barbie Mexicana and don't even think of calling her indocumentada."

The Barbie Chihuahua and pink passport struck a nerve in the academic community as well. Jason Ruiz, a professor of American studies at Notre Dame University, told ABC News the idea of Mexican Americans in pop culture as feisty, lively characters are images that have outlived their time.

 "[Mexican Americans] are tired of being seen as merely colorful," he said, adding that the inclusion of a passport overlooks a delicate issue in the Mexican American community. "It is a point of contention and great sensitivity for people of Mexican origin, especially Mexican immigrants. Papers decide everything for immigrants from Mexico."

Mattel is standing by the Barbie Chihuahua and passport, saying on Twitter "Mexico Barbie is 1 of 100 Barbie Dolls of the World - all wear an ensemble inspired by each country w/ a passport & animal."

In an interview with Fox News, chairman and co-founder of the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts Felix Sanchez said that Mattel should try to make their dolls less stereotypical.

"It would be nice to see some contemporary images from these countries," Sanchez said. "These images seem very dated and seem to have been created for a different time."

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