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Topics: Iran, Toys, Barbie, mattel, doll, Tehran

Monday, 28 April 2008

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Betsy Wetsy is eligible for import

The Iranian Foreign Trade Commission has banned the import and sale of Barbie Dolls within the country. Stating that this doll, one of the most popular and best selling toys in the world, was an evil influence on the Iranian people, the government stopped a Mattel delivery shipment at a port.

Official state that the doll has many un-Moslem qualities, such as visible hair, a figure, drives an automobile, owns possessions, and "flaunts her large, big American breasts to the illicit excitement of men and boys."

Mattel has offered to make an Iranian version of the doll, where the clothing cannot be removed by anyone, only the eyes are visible, no form or figure can be revealed under the robes, and the doll is "unbending."

Officials in Tehran, however, stated the the toy manufacturer's offer did not go far enough. They insisted that the doll be unable to drive, uneducated, unable to converse with male dolls, and lower it's eyes in the presence of males or male dolls.

The government said that it will continue to allow the importation of "Betsy Wetsy" dolls for their little girls to play with, as long as the only words heard when pulling the string are "mama" or "praise Allah."

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