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Monday, April 28, 2008

International Espionage Barbie

posted by on April 28 at 12:33 PM

While the U.S. freaks out about Iran nukes, Iran freaks out about U.S. dolls:

A top Iranian judiciary official warned Monday against the “destructive” cultural and social consequences of importing Barbie dolls and other Western toys.

Prosecutor General Ghorban Ali Dori Najafabadi said in an official letter to Vice President Parviz Davoudi that the Western toys was a “danger” that needed to be stopped.

“The irregular importation of such toys, which unfortunately arrive through unofficial sources and smuggling, is destructive culturally and a social danger,” Najafabadi said in his letter, a copy of which was made available to The Associated Press.

Iranian markets have been inundated with smuggled Western toys in recent years partly due to a dramatic rise in purchasing power as a result of increased oil revenues.

While importing the toys is not necessarily illegal, it is discouraged by a government that made its name on preserving Iran from Western cultural influences.


This isn’t the first time the anatomically challenged Barbie has gotten under Iran’s skin:

Authorities launched a temporary campaign of confiscating Barbie from toy stores in 2002, denouncing the un-Islamic sensibilities of the iconic American doll. The campaign was eventually discontinued.

That same year, though, Iran introduced a competing doll the twins Dara and Sara, who promoted traditional values with their modest clothing and pro-family stories but they proved unable to stem the Barbie tide.

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This from the nose-job capital of the world.

Posted by Fifty-Two-Eighty | April 28, 2008 12:51 PM

feminists and hardline iranian conservatives finally have something in common.

Posted by Jiberish | April 28, 2008 1:04 PM

Good thing nobody has told them it's the Bratz that are the real spies in the doll world ...

Posted by Will in Seattle | April 28, 2008 1:09 PM

Durka durka, Mohammed, jihad.

Posted by Greg | April 28, 2008 1:58 PM

Behold. The power of Barbie to bring down governments where Bush & Haliburton failed.

Posted by Reverse Polarity | April 28, 2008 3:21 PM

Waaaaa, I want an espionage Barbie. Does she have a Barbie Spy Headquarters too? And a mobile Barbie Spy Unit? I bet she's totally dating a hot GI Joe doll now.

@3 Bratz are evil. Eh-vil.

Posted by PopTart | April 28, 2008 4:48 PM

Well, my nieces used to always want Bratz, which was a lot better than Barbie usually.

Posted by Will in Seattle | April 28, 2008 5:00 PM

@7 Bratz are tarts.

I know, I know, it takes one to know one...

Posted by PopTart | April 28, 2008 5:06 PM

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