A Strange Message to Send
October 2, 2009 by admncc
It isn’t too often that I will go on a rant about a specific product. But in this case, I’ll make an exception.
First, let me ask you a question. How much would you pay for a doll? And we’re talking about a nicer doll, maybe for your daughter, wife, grandmother or another collector in your family?
I was watching “Fox & friends” last week and they mentioned this story. And my wife said that my eyeballs nearly popped out of my head as I sat there.
The American Girl company, which sells an expensive brand of dolls, has made headlines for their newest creation – a Homeless doll. That’s right; Gwen Thompson (the doll’s name) is homeless. According to a recent New Your Post article, she joins the family of an African-American doll, an American Indian doll, a Jewish doll, a doll who “lived” during the Great Depression and one from the Roaring ’20s.
As I started to research these dolls, I learned that history books come with each one. In this case, Gwen’s father walked out on her family and her mother was unemployed. Are you kidding me? It’s a freaking baby doll! Here’s one way that I look at it – I think it is important for my daughter to understand how the world works, but not through a doll’s life story.
A follow-up article by The Huffington Post mentioned CBS’ interesting approach. They actually sent a correspondent out to a homeless shelter in Los Angeles to get a reaction to the homeless doll. My guess is that you won’t be surprised as to what people said – the doll is in poor taste.
OK, now brace yourself… The Homeless doll costs $95.
I am not a collector, nor would this doll interest anyone in my family. And I realize that this discussion could go a lot of different directions. But I agree that the doll is in poor taste. Rather than working on a meaningful project to help those (especially children) who are homeless, I think someone over at American Doll needs to think about what type of message they are trying to send here.
Picture Courtesy of the New York Post (NYPost.com) along with their disclaimer: “Gwen (Thompson) doll, American Girl from Mattel. Product image grab from http://store.americangirl.com“