EldestDaughter and I went shopping on Friday, just to fetch a few necessities. Wandering past the toy area of our local Big Box Store, we noticed something that has set my parental wheels to squalling and smoking as I grind to a complete halt.
The singing “action figure” of a relatively famous young pop star. This pop star has succeeded in catching the heart of my YoungerDaughter, much to my dismay, and I actually contemplated getting her something with his face on it for under the tree. Now, however, I’m going to boycott this little sucker like Barney!
That’s right. You “push” his belt buckle to make the music.
HOW is this right?
As a parent, I personally find this disturbing and offensive. Marketing this at little girls, and targeting this region is just wrong on a lot of levels. When the companies make these offensive little things, don’t they THINK about the placement of the “action” buttons? And why couldn’t they simply install the button on the thing’s back, between the shoulder-blades?
How about some common sense in production?
Anyway, I’ve already told YoungerDaughter that this one is officially off the Santa list, and if I see one make its way into the house, I’ll assume it’s some grievous mistake on the purchaser’s behalf, and make sure that it receives a nice home on the curb.
There are lines I won’t cross. The waistline of an action figure is one of them.