Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Marisol, An American Girl Cliche

Hispanic groups are upset at the latest batch of clueless racism that we've come to expect from our fellow Americans whose "good friends" are almost always people of color. The American Girl doll company, an institution whose primary purpose seems to be to allow the ruination of one girl's childhood by the oppressive memories of her mother, has brought to market their Mexican-American doll Marisol. As luck would have it Marisol "loves to dance" but unfortunately she comes from (shock of all shocks) a "bad neighborhood" and must move to the suburbs with her family. No doubt to be closer to the consumers of this cultural hagiography. But on the bright side, at least all those little blond girls in the suburbs can now have a little brown refugee from the big bad city all their own.

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