Mattel’s Mexico Barbie, which is part of the Dolls of the World collection, is raising some controversy due to the fact that Mexico Barbie comes with her very own passport documents. Many are wondering if Mattel is trying to make a political statement. Or is it innocent? She is going to be traveling around the world after all, and will need a passport to do so.
Critics are not buying that this is an innocent move on Mattel’s behalf, especially because of the current immigration issues being a sensitive subject for people of Mexican origin. However, one thing Mattel has in their defense, all the Barbie’s from the Dolls of the World collection come with a passport.
A writer for MamásLatinas explained to ABC News, “that while she was reassured to see that all "Dolls of the World" had passports, it was jarring to see Mexico Barbie with one, given the politically charged discussions of immigration politics in the United States.”
So what does Mattel have to say about all this? Spokeswoman Stefani Yocky stated: "Our goal with the Dolls of the World Mexico Barbie, as well as the entire Dolls of the World Collection, is to celebrate cultural differences and tradition, introducing girls to the world through play."
Mattel also tweeted, "Mexico Barbie is 1 of 100 Barbie Dolls of the World. Current dolls wear a country-inspired outfit & have a passport & animal.”
What do you think about Mexico Barbie having a passport? Do you think this is culturally insensitive? Or are people just being too sensitive? Let us know your opinions in the comments below.