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What were they thinking?



This article is dumbfounding.  I've seen some fucked up toys ideas before, but this...THIS takes the cake!  I don't know whether to rage at just how offensive this thing is or cry at the shamlessness of it.  Especially since not a penny of the money they get for this doll will go to help the injustice they are using as this doll's gimick. 

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danihana
Oct. 1st, 2009 04:26 am (UTC)
Oh yeah. Saw that earlier today. AUGH I used to like that company and wanted one of their dolls to look just like me.
captain_vegeta
Oct. 1st, 2009 05:21 am (UTC)
They do make adorable dolls. It's amazing just how far people are willing to go to make a buck these days. Though, this is definitely a low point I think.
mythos_9
Oct. 1st, 2009 05:04 am (UTC)
Is it wrong that I find this completely hilarious?

Yes, it is offensive in the highest since none of the money will help the homeless...on the other hand, the girls that scream for this shit don't normally give two winks for the homeless ANYWAY, so why not take their parents' money?

Still and all, this is the PR nightmare from hell and I wish I could follow how much awesomely shit they'll catch from it. :P
captain_vegeta
Oct. 1st, 2009 05:18 am (UTC)
Bad Mythos! Bad! (chuckles) Just kidding. I have to admit that when I started to read it, I couldn't help but laugh at first too. I couldn't believe the sheer...audacity of the company. I started getting more WTF about it when I saw that the money from the sales weren't going to a good cause. But as you say, if the people that can afford it are willing to spend the money, why not take it from them?

I looked at the page for the doll on American Girl's site and read a comment from a mother who bought the doll for her kid and she was bemoaning about how the doll didn't have any other dresses and accessories for it. "No fucking duh!" I thought, "It's a doll representing a HOMELESS kid!" (shakes her head)

I'm going to have to try and follow this some. If only to see, as you mentioned, how much shit they catch from this. XD
mythos_9
Oct. 1st, 2009 05:33 am (UTC)
Yeahyeahyeah, I'm a bad squiddy. Heh, Dani owes me a head slap or two. ;)

I suppose I wanted to have been in on the meeting where a guy stood up and said, "I know! Let's make the next one HOMELESS!" Or worse, the ceo that approved it. XD
captain_vegeta
Oct. 3rd, 2009 04:14 am (UTC)
Oh yes...would have LOVED to have been a fly on the wall for that meeting! XD
prezaurian
Oct. 1st, 2009 01:50 pm (UTC)
My god, you've got to be kidding me. Part of me just wants to laugh until my stomach hurts and the other part of me feels like I should be getting an aneurism from this.

I mean COME ON! Completely disregarding the sheer raging social gaffe here, this isn't exactly smart marketing. As the article says...for a company that makes money selling a bazillion accessories for their dolls this isn't exactly a good move....

Wait, wait, wait! I've got it all WRONG! Work with me here people. Postpone your indignation for just a moment and listen. Just because she's homeless doesn't mean she can't have a TON of accessories! I mean, they could make her a little shopping cart to push around. Small, meticulously crafted syringes...little bottles in brown paper bags. Multiple layers of clothing. The options are almost endless here! These people are amazingly enough, financial geniuses! XD -lmao-
mythos_9
Oct. 1st, 2009 03:39 pm (UTC)
Hey now! Don't be prejudiced! LOTS of homeless people are not heroin addicts!

...she could be retarded. Or she could be a whore! Hey, that's the next doll! Her purple velvet, jump-suited pimp! Gold teeth and feathers included!

XD
prezaurian
Oct. 1st, 2009 06:49 pm (UTC)
I'm not! She could be diabetic and those are insulin syringes...poor thing, she only has a few left.

OR she could be a schizophrenic that's stopped taking her medication. Accessories could include only things that she can see! XD

Edited at 2009-10-01 06:51 pm (UTC)
captain_vegeta
Oct. 3rd, 2009 04:18 am (UTC)
Oh God! Between you and Mythos, I'm going to die laughing! XD
sakraida82
Oct. 2nd, 2009 07:02 pm (UTC)
Well the biggest thing I have to mention is that people who could afford it would have never even come close to being homeless. so what's the point except to give your little girl this doll and say "See this is what the proles live like." or something.

And make her a 19th century homeless child who when she's 14 is sent to the Humane Society for the Cruelty of Animals because by that time she's become so mentally scarred from living on the street that she's technically an animal. (Not made up, actually happened)
captain_vegeta
Oct. 3rd, 2009 04:20 am (UTC)
Damn...just damn. I have no words for that! Well, except for three...and my avatar says them all! D:
sakraida82
Oct. 3rd, 2009 06:53 pm (UTC)
Yeah I thought it was messed up when I read about that too, but if ya are gonna do something in poor taste such as this company has, best to go the whole hog. Yep, yep indeed.
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