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Should Mattel Create a Bald Barbie Doll?

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Most little girls go through a phase where they play with Barbie dolls. And given that she's had every possible career, isn't it time for Barbie to reach out to kids with cancer? A Facebook movement is under way to create a "Bald Barbie" for young girls going through chemotherapy or suffering from other hair loss conditions, the "Today" show reports.



According to the Facebook page, called Beautiful and Bald Barbie!: "We would like to see a Beautiful and Bald Barbie made to help young girls who suffer from hair loss due to cancer treatments, Alopecia or Trichotillomania." The page, which went up in late December, had 98,588 "likes" as of Friday.

"My daughter is battling leukemia right now and she's been going through chemotherapy for the last two years," Beckie Sypin, one of the mothers behind the campaign, told the "Today" show. "We think [a bald Barbie] would be therapeutic and I think it would help baldness become more quote unquote normal."

Mattel issued a statement Thursday: "Mattel appreciates and respects the passion that has been built up for the request for a bald Barbie doll. As you might imagine, we receive hundreds of passionate requests for various dolls to be added to our collection. We take all of them seriously and are constantly exploring new and different dolls to be added to our line." Hmm ... sounds kind of noncommittal. Do you think Mattel should create a Bald Barbie?
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  • Nicole 2012/01/13 21:55:39
    No
    Nicole
    +25
    Its a little depressing. I mean a kid has cancer and their parents give them a bald barbie? No. Parents will probably get them normal barbies to let their kids feel as normal as possible. I mean you get a sick barbie isn't that rubbing it in that the poor kid has cancer? Idk i just know the last thing i would want if i had cancer would be a bald barbie. I mean im sick, my barbie's sick, is there any hope? Its kinda depressing...

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  • cassi the outsider 2012/02/08 17:56:43
    Yes, what a great idea
    cassi the outsider
    +2
    I actually think so, I know many girls that are fighting cancer and just want them to realize that they are still very much so beautiful. Everyone is to gorgeous, they should just make barbies in every shape and color!
  • Zoi789 cassi t... 2012/08/23 00:36:15
    Zoi789
    +3
    I really do agree strongly because for cancer I think. cancer is really sad
  • Vicky 2012/02/05 06:06:17
    No
    Vicky
    i agree with top comment Nicole :D
  • toyanwitya 2012/02/02 05:50:31
    No
    toyanwitya
    I just remember as a little girl I loved combing Barbie's hair.... not sure what they would do if they couldn't fix her hair. Guess they could use their imagination. I do think it's sweet to think of those suffering with cancer though. I'd consider buying one to help in the fight against cancer though. My sister conquered breast cancer so whatever it takes!
  • travele... toyanwitya 2012/02/02 20:18:51
    traveler818
    +1
    I'm sure they can make wigs. That way the child has a choice.
  • Zoi789 toyanwitya 2012/08/23 00:39:46
    Zoi789
    +3
    I totes agree I had my bro and Sid and the same time
  • devon.stearns.lautner 2012/01/30 04:42:29 (edited)
    Yes, what a great idea
    devon.stearns.lautner
    +2
    I think that would be a great idea because children who suffer with cancer do have a hard time seeing themselves without hair really bothers them but they don't even know that beauty is skin deep because of how they look or feel, if barbie does do this to then they know if barbie can do it for self encouragement on how they look and the child asks the parent why they have no hair, helps them also learn that the beauty is inside of them besides the outer beauty. It would help millions of children to learn inner beauty besides outer beauty, you never know it can boost a lot of confiendence in a child just to say, its okay I'm not a lone in this world anymore, cause of the suffering and how they feel.
  • Dollface❤ 2012/01/29 01:53:22
    Yes, what a great idea
    Dollface❤
    +4
    That would be the sweetest thing ever.
    I support it 110% .

    I've had 2 people in my life die from cancer, and some little kids have cancer & would feel comforted with a barbie doll that looks just like them...

    Just imagine how much it would make them smile through all that pain...(:
  • patchlover101 2012/01/28 15:45:46
    Yes, what a great idea
    patchlover101
    +5
    it is so sweet! it is like saying "i'm here with you!" :) Happy dance! XD
  • Boo 2012/01/23 20:13:01
    Yes, what a great idea
    Boo
    +3
    Why not? Barbie influenced millions of women to have breast implants and other forms of plastic surgery. She definitely could influence future generations to accept the results of cancer treatment without any stigma being associated with it!
  • JimTheGeek 2012/01/23 18:25:30
    Yes, what a great idea
    JimTheGeek
    +2
    Only if they take away the boobs too.
  • akhippie 2012/01/21 03:25:08
    No
    akhippie
    +2
    What's next burka Barbie, how about Asian sweatshop Barbie, how about drug mule Barbie.
  • AstroZo... akhippie 2012/01/22 23:12:13
    AstroZombie
    +4
    How do you go from cancer patient to drug mule?
  • akhippie AstroZo... 2012/01/24 02:16:18
    akhippie
    +2
    I was not trying to show any disrespect to anybody. I was trying to exaggerate a point and may have gone overboard. When you get old sometimes things sound better in your head than they do in writing.
  • travele... akhippie 2012/10/13 05:08:06
    traveler818
    True.
  • travele... AstroZo... 2012/08/30 17:49:48
    traveler818
    Good question.
  • travele... akhippie 2012/08/30 17:49:31
    traveler818
    As a cancer patient, that is just mean. Next, do you want dreadlocks too? This is about cancer. About trying to ease suffering. There is nothing funny about it since many of those kids will not survive. I think that losing a child is the most devastating thing that can happen in a loving family.
  • Maj. C. D. Hardy 2012/01/20 11:03:29
    Yes, what a great idea
    Maj. C. D. Hardy
    +4
    Yes being the icon Barbie is I think that Mattel would have great success with a Barbie that is meant to raise awareness for cancer patients. Not to mention the company could donate a portion of it's sales to cancer research for a tax credit. It would be a win win for everyone.
  • dwight 2012/01/19 16:33:29
    Yes, what a great idea
    dwight
    +2
    it will stick out.
  • YOMOMMA 2012/01/18 03:26:16 (edited)
    Yes, what a great idea
    YOMOMMA
    +2
    Sure. Why not? And the barbie could come with big ear rings and jewelery to go bald and a wig and have different hair dos available for purchase. There are all different barbies a bald headed one would be cool. As a child I was curious about the idea of bald girls because it was not the norm.
  • travele... YOMOMMA 2012/01/18 17:15:53
    traveler818
    +1
    Great ideas--all..
  • Diana Mikhail 2012/01/18 03:20:27 (edited)
    Yes, what a great idea
    Diana Mikhail
    +1
    Honestly I think barbies suck. I mean they make you think real girls should look like that when they're beyond perfect. I thought I would look like that and then I grew and realize barbies just set you up for false hope. So Idc if they make a bald one she still looks perfect beside her hair and it has some reality in it.
  • akhippie Diana M... 2012/01/24 02:15:51
    akhippie
    +2
    How about a chubby Barbie, or acne Barbie or cripple Barbie?
  • patchlo... akhippie 2012/01/28 15:48:58
    patchlover101
    +1
    my old barbie that i gave to my friend is cripple........don't ask!
  • akhippie patchlo... 2012/01/30 04:11:14
    akhippie
    +1
    "don't ask" don't tell was oveturned, remember?
  • travele... patchlo... 2012/08/29 00:33:54
    traveler818
    can I chuckle, or should I be sad?
  • patchlo... travele... 2012/10/14 06:26:34
    patchlover101
    haha it don't really matter to me i was just putting it out there....
  • travele... patchlo... 2012/10/22 01:18:07
    traveler818
    Is this comment for me or patchlo?
  • patchlo... travele... 2012/11/17 17:57:57
    patchlover101
    I am patchlover101 xDD
  • travele... akhippie 2012/08/29 00:46:29
    traveler818
    +1
    Acne can be faked with a crayon. How about a normal average-shaped Barbie?

    Or a multi-purpose Barbie? (:))
  • akhippie travele... 2012/08/29 22:19:59
    akhippie
    "How about a normal average-shaped Barbie?" How about "housewife with three kids Barbie", she's put on a couple of pounds since the kids, hasn't had the time to get to the beauty salon for a while or even had the time to put on make-up?
  • travele... akhippie 2012/08/30 17:25:06
    traveler818
    Or put the housewife in the multipurpose Barbie supply kit. I am not sure how you feel about your suggestion, but I think it is a good one, especially for younger kids who can say, "This Barbie looks like my mommy."
  • akhippie travele... 2012/09/03 06:00:04
    akhippie
    I think giving children something to relate to on a personal level makes it more special. I also did not intend for my above comment about cancer to sound insensitive, I appologize if it came out that way.
  • travele... akhippie 2012/10/13 05:10:43
    traveler818
    You make a good point. And no offense taken.
  • travele... Diana M... 2012/01/25 05:56:30 (edited)
    traveler818
    +2
    This gripe was already constant by 1970. Don't know when it started, but it has been 40 years that i am aware of. I think, maybe we lost that one.
  • travele... Diana M... 2012/08/30 17:53:15
    traveler818
    Despite that many people agree with you, Barbie just doesn't seem to be going away. For me, it was more about her playing records in her dreamhouse & stuff like that. I never cared about looks, except her hair, which is why wigs are essential in my book.
  • KallieKolorful 2012/01/18 00:30:11
    No
    KallieKolorful
    +1
    yes go right ahead and make them feel even more different because their barbie doesn't look like the one everyone else has. Great idea, really great.
  • KallieK... KallieK... 2012/01/18 00:30:59
    KallieKolorful
    +1
    if you couldn't tell, that, my dear children, was sarcasm.
  • travele... KallieK... 2012/01/18 02:23:55
    traveler818
    +1
    I coudn't tell, so thank you for clarifying.
  • KallieK... travele... 2012/01/25 00:24:53
    KallieKolorful
    +1
    Welcome!
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