After my last post, reader Lizz suggested that perhaps the talking object featured at the wisdom circle could be a Cancer Journey Barbie or Ken. Well, Lizz, you’ll be happy to note that Mattel is right there on the cutting edge of wisdom circle accessories with Pink Ribbon Barbie.
(I can’t believe no one submitted this back in October!)
The description for our plastic pink ribbon pal reads as follows:
“For more than 20 years, the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation has been leading the fight against breast cancer and now Barbie doll contributes to the cause. Wearing a pink gown with a signature pink ribbon pinned to her shoulder, Pink Ribbon Barbie doll is both a tool to help those affected with breast cancer talk to girls, and a way to support the cause!”
See, Lizz, it even says right there that our friend Barbie is a TOOL to help those affected with breast cancer talk to girls. Because, you know we’ve got all this pent up wisdom that just can’t get out without Barbie’s help.
However, I’m not quite sure that think Barbie should be all fancy like she is. I think that sends the wrong message. I mean, there they go making cancer look glamorous again. Next thing you know girls will be trying to get The Cancer so they can look as cool as ol’ Pink Ribbon Barbie.
So, I’d like to suggest a more realistic Pink Ribbon Barbie. Remember when you were little and you cut Barbie’s hair? Well, that’s exactly what my hair looked like the day I had Hubster cut it off for Locks of Love, before we actually shaved it. I think that’s the hair Pink Ribbon Barbie needs—not some Texas pageant hair like she’s got going on now. And what’s with having two boobs? Oh sure, they do kind of look like she’s got expanders, but if we’re trying to educate the youngsters, I think they need to know that sometimes The Cancer makes you have to have a boob lopped off. Of course, we won’t let Barbie walk around lopsided, though. She’ll need to have her own little foob and mastectomy bra.
Then there are the accessories. Forget the Barbie Townhouse and the RV, Pink Ribbon Barbie needs the Barbie Breast MRI & Manicure Machine and the Barbie Radiation Station. She’ll have a little tube of goop to put on her burnt chest and everything. It’ll be great. And don’t forget that Pink Ribbon Barbie mustn’t have any eyebrows, so she’ll have to come with a little pencil for drawing those on. And of course, she’ll need an assortment of do rags and hats. And a wig that looks just like B-52s hair—sold separately.
I’m sure I’m missing something. What else does The New Pink Ribbon Barbie need?