PHILADELPHIA – She is Barbie’s oldest friend, happily
married and visibly pregnant with her second child — and some parents think
she’s a little too real for their children.
The pregnant version of Midge, which pops out a curled-up
baby when her belly is opened, has been pulled from Wal-Mart shelves across the
country following complaints from customers, a company spokeswoman said Tuesday.
“It was just that customers had a concern about having a
pregnant doll,” Wal-Mart Stores spokeswoman Cynthia Illick said.
She said the entire Happy Family set, which included
pregnant Midge, husband Alan and son Ryan, was pulled from shelves of the
world’s largest retailer earlier this month.
…”It’s a bad idea. It promotes teenage pregnancy. What
would an 8-year-old or 12-year-old get out of that doll baby?” asked Sabrina
Fagan, 29, of Philadelphia.
The only thing offensive in this society is now pregnancy. I guess they
should just eliminate all baby dolls to keep anyone from thinking of having a
baby as a teenager. If this doll had been “Cohabitation Cathy” or “Fornicating
Fran” then I might disagree, but a doll in the context of a married family is