Thread regarding Mattel Inc. layoffs

Barbie's New BFF? It's Pat!

https://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/its-pat-birthday-party/3505906

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Yahoo.com also has pretty broad appeal. I scrolled through many of the 1500 comments on these dolls at the link below trying to find a single positive one but couldn't and eventually gave up. As much as I personally love the message of inclusion these dolls represent, the truth is that the average American is sick to death of PC culture constantly being shoved down their throats. Living in CA it's easy to loose sight of what most people want, I mean just look at who our President is for God's sake.

https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/mattel-maker-of-barbie-introduces-gender-neutral-doll-153517799.html

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Post ID: @1flh+11eLeSF1

The fact is that of the 40k people who watched that video, only 600 liked it enough to give it a thumbs up whereas 3,000 of them disliked it enough to give it a thumbs down. This is a fact. Is that scientific enough for you?

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Post ID: @1jzr+11eLeSF1

@11eLeSF1-1ztv I feel like Time Magazine's readers represent a pretty good cross section of the populous, not a particularly partisan publication.

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Post ID: @1iip+11eLeSF1

@uvm Yes, you are right. YouTube likes and dislikes are a good indicator of something's popularity among general public and can in no way be manipulated to overinflate a certain position by its rabid proponents. Some true scientific polling right there...

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Post ID: @1ztv+11eLeSF1

What I found interesting about the Time article was that the gender fluid 8-year-old that Mattel brought in to play test these dolls coincidently was named Shi'a. So the gender fluid child just happens to have an gender ambiguous first name. Very interesting. 🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔

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Post ID: @1bvb+11eLeSF1
  • and they said they talked to a lot of kids and parents on what they wanted. Bet they only interviewed Manhattan beach moms and kids.
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Post ID: @1uxb+11eLeSF1

644 likes 👍 vs. 3,000 dislikes 👎

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Post ID: @1uxp+11eLeSF1

Judging by the "tumbs up" too "thumbs down" ratio on the Time Magazine piece on Creatable World, people love this idea. 😅

https://youtu.be/-hGu4hPSNXI

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Post ID: @1uvm+11eLeSF1

While I appreciate what Mattel is trying to do here, I'm really worry that the cultural concept of nonbinary as this singular third androgynous gender, which is what this doll is portraying, does not represent the lived reality of a lot of nonbinary people. We can't be liberated from the gender binary if we're just making it a gender ternary.

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Post ID: @1lgn+11eLeSF1

Better, still...

https://www.theonion.com/mattel-preempts-backlash-over-gender-neutral-doll-with-1838493837

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Post ID: @ebn+11eLeSF1

You can't publicly joke about this doll lest you are branded a transphobe and get cancelled.

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Post ID: @ovh+11eLeSF1

The late night comedians will have a field day now that the wheels have fallen off the bus. Thanks RD, this is FIERCE AND FABULOUS at once!

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