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[color=gold]"I think every Barbie doll is more harmful than an American missile," Rahimi was quoted as saying.
The Iranian morality police has activated an official ban on the sale of Barbie and Ken. Meet Dara and Sara.
Muslim clerics had already succeeded in banning the curvaceous cutie in Saudi Arabia in 2003, outlawing Barbie altogether by declaring her "offensive to Islam."
Now, Iranians are being introduced to a new couple, albeit chaste siblings, to replace Barbie and her friend Ken. Meet Dara and Sara.
According to a release published Monday on the Iranian Islam for Today website, "The Muslim dolls have been developed by a government agency to promote traditional values, with their modest clothing and pro-family backgrounds. They are widely seen as an effort to counter the American dolls and accessories that have flooded the Iranian market."
The report goes on to quote Iranian toy seller Masoumeh Rahimi who allegedly welcomed the dolls, saying Barbie was "foreign to Iran's culture" because "some of the buxom, blonde dolls have revealing clothing." The toy seller allegedly said young girls who play with Barbie, a doll 'she sees as wanton,' could grow into women who reject Iranian values.
According to the report, some 100,000 dolls have been manufactured - in China - and each will sell for 125,000 rials ($15) compared with 332,000 rials for a "genuine" Barbie and 25,000 rials for a copy, the report added.
"I think every Barbie doll is more harmful than an American missile," Rahimi was quoted as saying.
Originally posted by Openeye
Well if we weren't going to war with them before, we definitely are now!
Mattel's lobbyists are going to be all over the place advocating mass bombings and Barbie relief packages as soon as possible.
Hey! I don't see a burqa on their state sponsored doll!
The release points out that each of the dolls is supposed to be eight years old, "young enough under Islamic law for Sara to appear in public without a head scarf. But each of the four models of Sara comes with a white scarf to cover her brown or black hair."
Originally posted by flipflops
Send in the calvary of Smurfs riding my little ponys
Originally posted by xuenchen
reply to post by Annee
Apparently it is a new ban in Iran.
Saudi Arabia banned them years ago.
It's all in the article.
truth is where you find it -- even in Iran
How right they are. Yet there is no need to go so far to find these truths; they are in our own Torah tradition. It makes you wonder if this may be a clue as to the spiritual merit (z'khuth) the Persians have to have grown so strong, that the world is afraid to stand up to them. We might ourselves consider returning to the modesty legislated in the Torah, so that we have a chance at defeating these enemies before they defeat us -- surrounded as we are.
Torah-observant Jew, Israel (17/1/12)
Originally posted by Ixtab
You'll probably find Iran is actually placing embargo's on U.S companys that export to Iran. This company in particular might just happen to ship barbie dolls.
I dunno, but that makes more sense, Iran is a pretty chilled out place. Parts of Tehran make Beverly Hills look like a U.S tent city.
Originally posted by xuenchen
Maybe NATO needs to drop Barbie and Ken paratroopers.
That should make the message clear.