Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Barbie and "Talking Malibu Stacy"

The world famous "Barbie" doll by Mattel made it's public debut on this day in 1959 at the American International Toy Fair in New York. While indisputably iconic and enduringly popular, Barbie has also come in for more than a little criticism over the years for her 'sweater girl' shape and the 'frivolous' interests implied by her accessories. 

This brought to mind an episode of The Simpsons. Lisa is angry and disappointed that the new talking version of her favorite Barbie-like doll, Malibu Stacy, says only things like "I wish they taught shopping in school" and "math is hard."  A 48 second clip is embedded below. 

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