October 26, 2015

WHY THIS MOM BANNED BARBIE DOLLS: “I hate that hard-bodied little tart.”

Related: Why it’s time to kick Barbie to the curb:

In a fierce attempt to save the Barbie brand, toy manufacturer Mattel Inc. in February announced next month’s rollout of a new, decidedly creepy Hello Barbie, a $74.99 beastie equipped with artificial intelligence.

Hello Barbie is to be capable of delivering 8,000 lines of conversation. So if a young one tells the doll that he or she is feeling “bad,’’ Barbie would reply, “I’m sorry to hear that.’’

If you think the doll is disturbing in silence, wait until your child swaps emotions with an 11½-inch-tall hulk.

What could go wrong?

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