by John Hawkins | April 29, 2008 8:55 am
The reason this is funny is because it’s so true; western culture, including Barbie dolls, will help subvert the backwards, stifling Islamo-Fascist society that the weirdbeards and religious loons who run that country want to impose,
A top Iranian judiciary official warned Monday against the “destructive” cultural and social consequences of importing Barbie dolls and other Western toys.
Prosecutor General Ghorban Ali Dori Najafabadi said in an official letter to Vice President Parviz Davoudi that the Western toys was a “danger” that needed to be stopped.
“The irregular importation of such toys, which unfortunately arrive through unofficial sources and smuggling, is destructive culturally and a social danger,” Najafabadi said in his letter, a copy of which was made available to The Associated Press.
… Najafabadi said Iran was the world’s third biggest importer of toys, and these smuggled imports posed a threat to the “identity” of the new generation.
“Undoubtedly, the personality and identity of the new generation and our children, as a result of unrestricted importation of toys, has been put at risk and caused irreparable damages,” he said.
Authorities launched a temporary campaign of confiscating Barbie from toy stores in 2002, denouncing the un-Islamic sensibilities of the iconic American doll. The campaign was eventually discontinued.
That same year, though, Iran introduced a competing doll–the twins Dara and Sara, who promoted traditional values with their modest clothing and pro-family stories but they proved unable to stem the Barbie tide.
In 1996, the head of a government-backed children’s agency called Barbie a “Trojan horse” sneaking in Western influences such as makeup and revealing clothes.
Barbie is sold wearing swimsuits and miniskirts in a society where women must wear head scarves in public and men and women are not allowed to swim together.
It’s easy to see why little Iranian girls like Barbie dolls better than Sara and her brother Dara. Barbie’s accessories include a mansion and an interactive puppy. Dara and Sara come with Jo-Jo, the “overly friendly” goat and a pit you can put Sara in before you stone her to death for accidentally uncovering her ankles in public. Plus, let’s face it: Ken may not be the most masculine doll in the world, but at least he’s non-threatening. Sara’s boyfriend is named Muhammad and he comes with Kung-Fu stick swinging action because he is supposed to regularly beat Sara when she asks to go to school.
PS: Of course I completely made up all those details about Dara and Sara, but since we’re talking about a member of the Axis of Evil here, I wouldn’t say anything I wrote would be totally out of the question.
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