Mattel Presents Ooga Booga Barbie

Over at the Bleat, James Lileks took time out of talking about how great the olden days are to illustrate that, though we live in an age of Hooker Barbies, it’s not like they just started being offensive.

Exhibit A: Aboriginal Barbie. We love her. A cave woman in an outfit sewn with sinew out of the steaming skins of koala bears; a ‘fro of wild, unkempt hair. We’re amazed Mattel didn’t go the whole nine yards, file her teeth and put a kangaroo femur through her hair.

From the children’s book Barbies of the World.

Aboriginal Barbie at Lileks’ Bleat


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  1. Yozzie says:

    I don’t want to sound like a pedant, but I’d like to point out that a koala is not, in fact, a bear. It seems like such a small thing, but I’m on a mission to correct the miseducation of Americans regarding my country’s favourite eucalyptus-stoned, chlamydia-carrying, tree-dwelling marsupial.

  2. ModerateSnark says:

    Not only is Yozzie right about the Koala, the Giant Panda and the Chicago Bear are also not true bears.