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Walmart: Black Barbie is cheaper than White Barbie

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by heyabbott, Mar 9, 2010.

  1. heyabbott

    heyabbott Well-Known Member


    "Why do you only cover us when we're racist?" said Wlmart spokesman D'neequa Jackson-Bey
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  2. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    Is that Elin Nordegren Barbie?
  3. bwright

    bwright Member

    Well, at least Mattel is trying.

    <quote> Last year, Barbie manufacturer Mattel debuted a new line of African American dolls, "So In Style," designed to better resemble black women's facial features with wider cheeks, broader noses and fuller lips.</quote>
  4. Point of Order

    Point of Order Active Member

    Wow! Just wow!

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  5. mustangj17

    mustangj17 Active Member

    Ace is on fire this week. Take note, Plain-Dealer.
  6. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    How is this racist? Stuff that doesn't sell gets discounted to get it off the shelves.

    If Black Barbie is selling less that White Barbie, why shouldn't they discount it.

    Hell, if Black Barbie were more expensive, people would be bitching that it was racist.

    This has absolutely nothing to do with race.
  7. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    So you are saying that Wal Mart customers are racist for purposely refusing to purchase the African-American Barbie?
  8. KJIM

    KJIM Well-Known Member

    If the thing was priced the same, someone would bitch that the target audience couldn't afford it. Ditto if it's priced higher.

    If it's slow-moving merchandise and it gets marked down, someone will bitch. If it's not available, someone will bitch.

    Someone's always going to bitch about something. Doesn't make it racist, and it doesn't make it a story. Why is this crap reported over and over?

    I am so ashamed of my part in media.
  9. Double J

    Double J Active Member

    Holy fuck, this, a thousand times.

    Some people really need to get a life.
  10. Point of Order

    Point of Order Active Member

    Raising the specter that race or racism might somehow play a factor in something that obviously involves race in a tangible way is the dog whistle that brings racism deniers out of the woodworks every time without fail.
  11. Oggiedoggie

    Oggiedoggie Well-Known Member

    The Louisiana Wal-Mart should know better. Cutting the prices on the black Barbies isn't going to get them to move.

    If you want black folks in Louisiana to move, you usually have to bust a levee or something.
  12. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    What? Racism exists. No denying it.

    But this isn't racism, and saying that doesn't make me or anyone else a racism denier.

    In fact, this makes light of racism. Racism is evil. This is a company trying to move a product that didn't sell.

    If this is the best example that you can find of racism, then we don't have anything to worry about. And when you wright a stupid story like this, some people are going to get that impression.

    If you want to report on racism, go out and do some reporting and come back to me with an actual story that involves racism.
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