DeltaForceChung· 1:6 Acquisitionist
--Kind of an interesting story about Becky "Wheelchair Barbie" in the first place. Disability advocates took the opportunity to criticize Mattel on the basis that the door or elevator of the Barbie Dreamhouse couldn't fit the wheelchair. Mattel wasn't about to redesign the entirety of all Barbie world around the one wheelchair, and even if they had, there would still be bad PR because all the preexisting Dreamhouses didn't fit. The last version of Becky was a Paralympian athlete (which sidestepped the Dreamhouse issue), and then, Mattel abandoned her entirely.
Kind of an interesting story to debate. The disability advocates were right to seize the agenda as a way to draw attention towards necessary Accessibility issues. But in the result, they punished Mattel for making a gesture towards differently-abled inclusiveness, and it was disability advocates who caused the disabled Barbie to be discontinued. Whatcha gonna do.
--I passed on a Becky, at a local thrift store, that appeared new in package for $15. Kind of wish I grabbed it because the chair really is decent and worth debarbify-ing. I guess I felt guilty about what to do with the Becky doll afterward, though I am fairly sure she is a "normal" Barbie body and able to stand.
Sorry to hear about the stripper accident. Is it possible you mis calculated the scale conversion on the pole and threw her off? Lol.
MoonBaseAlphaMale: It's interesting to note that Mattel tried to do the right thing and be inclusive of kids in wheelchairs, then took flack for "accessibility " issues. It's hard when an issue is so personal ( especially with a parent ) to see where the practical limits for the rest of the world are. As a person with bi-polar I could easily take offense over DFC's hypothetical "bi-polar Barbie" or Katy Perry's "Love Bi-Polar" lyric, when in fact, i am able to see the humor in it. There's nothing personally aimed at me about either one.
To bad for parents, since I'm sure Mattel would make some of the Barbies DFC postulated, if not for fear of reprisal.
Mattel was embrassing, not attacking handicapped children. Still, emotions run high
--In the real world, how many pink and violet cars, houses and airplanes did you see today?
--Well, there is a new Barbie wheelchair coming soon.
Even an amputee Barbie.
Barbie introduces dolls with wheelchairs and prosthetic limbs - CNN