RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia’s religious police have declared Barbie dolls a threat to morality, complaining that the revealing clothes of the “Jewish” toy – already banned in the kingdom – are offensive to Islam.
The Committee for the Propagation of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, as the religious police are officially known, lists the dolls on a section of its Web site devoted to items deemed offensive to the conservative Saudi interpretation of Islam.
“Jewish Barbie dolls, with their revealing clothes and shameful postures, accessories and tools are a symbol of decadence to the perverted West. Let us beware of her dangers and be careful,” said a poster on the site.
The poster, plastered with pictures of Barbie in short dresses and tight pants, and with a few of her accessories, reads: “A strange request. A little girl asks her mother: Mother, I want jeans, a low-cut shirt, and a swimsuit like Barbie.”
Jewish Barbie dolls? I guess I never checked to see if Ken was circumcised. While I can sympathize with the disdain of the lack of modesty in our society, this goes too much the other way. Of course Mattel could come out with a line of Burka Barbie� dolls and especially the Taliban line that are never allowed out of their boxes. Maybe the rock stoning accessories if Barbie� gets caught in adultery or detachable hands if she is caught stealing.
I would comment on the Orwellian name “The Committee for the Propagation of Virtue and Prevention of Vice” if we didn’t have something similar in our country know as “The Committee for the Propagation of Vice and Prevention of Virtue”, AKA the DNC.