West Virginia Lawmaker Wants Barbie Banned

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Just in time for Barbie's 50th birthday, a West Virginia lawmaker wants to outlaw the doll.

Democratic Delegate Jeff Eldridge is proposing to ban the sale of the Mattel doll and others like her in West Virginia.

He says the dolls influence girls to place too much importance on physical beauty, at the expense of their intellectual and emotional development.

He joins others who have criticized the doll over the years for promoting materialism and an unnatural body image.

Barbie turns 50 on March 9, and the toy maker has made big plans this year to mark the anniversary.


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  • by Anonymous on Mar 6, 2009 at 05:49 PM
    Ban all untrue s. Cartoons, science fiction and TV Evangelist. Ban all church programs. Make everything scientific. Let our kids see only what is real.
  • by Michelle Location: Plymouth on Mar 6, 2009 at 06:08 AM
    WOW, another way to waste taxpayer money and get your name in the paper! So, I guess WV's worst problem is that a doll is a bad influence on girls?
  • by AL Location: GREENE CO on Mar 6, 2009 at 06:07 AM
    It seems Mr Eldridge did not get to play with his sisters Barbie so he wants to out law them. I'll bet he sings "I'm my own grandpa too!" He will not out law the blow up dolls but he wants to out law Barbies?? Next it will be the guns and knives and pencils and pens. This is a little snowball building up to be a big one! HGe needs to get a real job and get a life and try to help fix what is wrong with the U.S. He needs to do like all the other losers in the government Resign and let some hard working men and women run the government for a change . Not the ones who get all the pork. I am sick of hearing about the poorly ran government it is time for a change we can believe in. NO MORE pork barrel nor lobbyist bull. Get down to helping the real Americans!No bail outs for the rich! How about the ones who are losing their houses ? How about the Vets? Homeless ? The uninsured like me and a few million more?? This countries priorities are screwed! Need a change! Need to see it! And SOON!!!
  • by Sam Location: Williamston on Mar 6, 2009 at 06:05 AM
    To OK, don't forget the money that is being wated as well as time.
  • by OK Location: NC on Mar 6, 2009 at 02:03 AM
    It worked. He got his name in the paper and wasted everyones time. You knew it wouldn't pass so why waste your time. Is he really a democrat. I'm not comfortable with so many conservative democrats popping up. It makes me feel like they are trying to play both sides. I like when politicians are willing to compromise but I want to know their original stance on the issue.
  • by ACE on Mar 5, 2009 at 04:47 PM
    Oh yes conspiracy I think Obama spent millions of dollars campaigning to get elected just so he could make sure little girls can no longer play with Barbie dolls. "I HOPE YOU ARE NOT SERIOUS" To be honest I think this whole thing is stupid.
  • by Mother Location: Edenton on Mar 5, 2009 at 04:40 PM
    You would think with the way our country is right now, Jeff Eldridge would have alot more to be concerned with than a barbie doll. Jeff just wants everybody to see his name out there. He has lost his mind. He needs to worry more about what the people are going through during these hard times and not worry about a stupid doll. Jeff Eldridge, The people don't need people like you, the people need someone to worry about the country and help make things better. Forget the barbie doll and get a life. You must have the flu and your fever is so high that you are not thinking clear. Maybe you will be better when the fever breaks.HAHA Something is wrong with you! You really are sick!
  • by Kathy Location: Washington on Mar 5, 2009 at 04:01 PM
    If thats the case they shuold get rid of Brooke Burke on "Dancing with the stars". She's practically a Barbie look alike. Go ahead , take a look.
  • by Yep on Mar 5, 2009 at 12:51 PM
    I agree entirely with Conspiracy. Obamacrap was drilled into even kindergarteners. Let's hope there is something worth having left of the country after 4 years of his destruction.
  • by ~ALPHA female~ Location: O84P on Mar 5, 2009 at 12:00 PM
    Geez ...no... Barbie is blue eyed with Blonde hair.... her friends have different names and marketed under the same brand "Mattel". http://www.mattel.com/our_toys/ot_barb.asp .... Start my apology off like this... Oh great ~ALPHA female~ ... to whom is never wrong... I am not worthy... ( you finish the rest!
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