Iranian toy seller Masoumeh Rahimi, like every fat and/or unattractive female on the planet, is jealous of Barbie. However, she decided to use her religion to craft her bitterness-fueled reasons for disliking the iconic plastic WASP. Rahimi, who wears the hijab, feels that Barbie is immodest since she does not cover her hair. She currently stocks halal versions of Barbie – in other words, cheap hijab-wearing knockoffs created by the Iranian government. The reason Rahimi is on here, however, is her absolutely histrionic reaction to the arrival and sale of Barbie products in Iran.
“I think every Barbie doll is more harmful than an American missile,” Rahimi stated. She believes the dolls will corrupt young girls’ values and cause them to stray from wearing the hijab (or worse.) From where I’m standing, I’d say Barbie has a better life than those Muslimah knockoff versions – no ninja costume, no weird daily rituals involving headbanging on the floor, and Ken instead of an impending arranged marriage. I hope all the girls in Iran who want an actual Barbie are able to get one. Forcing a plastic toy to be covered is downright absurd.
Rahimi also said that Barbie was “foreign to Iran’s culture.” Well, duh – Barbie has advanced past the 7th century.