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Attempting to convince our daughters that they're just as capable as boys becomes stickier when My Cleaning Trolley -- explicitly marketed to "Girls Only" -- appears on toy shelves. "Mommy, when I grow up, I want to clean bathrooms!"

Toys My Cleaning Trolly

Top 11 Most Controversial Dolls of All Time

The "Lil' Monkey" Racial Slur Doll

Customers complained that the African-American Cuddle with Me doll with a hat that says "Lil' Monkey" was racist. It didn't help that the doll was sold surrounded by a posse of stuffed monkeys.

Costco and the doll manufacturer apologized, and the dolls were pulled from the shelves.

Knocked-Up Barbie

In 2002, after much criticism from parents who didn't want their "you were brought to us by a stork" story contradicted, Mattel took the very pregnant Midge doll from store shelves. Midge, part of the "Happy Family" collection, complete with a husband named Allen, could not be reached for comment.

The Murdered Toddler Doll

One could only expect that the inventor of the Michael Vick Dog Chew Toy would eventually reach the pinnacle of sleaze. Jaime Salcedo did not disappoint. The Caylee Sunshine Doll, Salcedo's attempt to market a "tribute" doll to little Caylee Anthony, whose mother, Casey, is charged with her murder, was luckily thwarted by a disgusted public.

Rambo, by the Maker of Cabbage Patch Kids

Back in 1985, when Coleco Industries Inc., maker of those misshapen Cabbage Patch Kids, announced their latest doll, based on the hit movie "Rambo," it created quite a controversy. Protesters railed against the action figure, which they said promoted violence and aggression in children. Today, the new WWE Wrestling Action Figures Deluxe Aggression Series dolls have faced NO opposition -- is it because everyone, even kids, know the WWE is fake?

"Uncle Tom" Barbie

In a tale of cross-promotion gone bad, in 1997 Mattel and Nabisco got together to insult the African-American community and came up with the not-so-delicious Oreo Barbie.

Oreo, according to the Urban Dictionary, is a slang term used to describe a black person who "acts white" (black on the outside, white on the inside, like an Oreo cookie).

The dolls were pulled off the shelf and have become collectors' items on eBay as a testament to the need for corporate diversity training.

Trash-Talking Indian Doll

In 2002, an online petition called for JDK Products to stop producing the Mr. Patel Doll -- a doll of Indian origin who speaks in broken English with such pithy phrases as:

"Don't talk like that in front of my back."
"I am needing to want sex with you now."
"In my country you would be dead already."

An equal opportunity offender, JDK Products also makes Lee Chan Li, a smiling Chinese man; a Pimp; Bubba the Redneck; a Jewish-American princess called Babs; and Elton and Marshall, a gay couple. Collect 'em all!

Baby's First Pro-Islamic Words

Last year, Fisher-Price's Cuddle & Coo Doll was under fire for managing to offend anyone with a vivid imagination and A LOT of time on their hands.

The doll, apparently determined to start a tiny Jihad, used such phrases as "Islam is the light," and "Satan is king."

A spokesman for Fisher-Price defended their dolls: "The Little Mommy Cuddle & Coo dolls feature realistic baby sounds including cooing, giggling, and baby babble with no real sentence structure."

Silenced at last, the doll was eventually pulled from shelves.

The World's First Doll Penis

The controversy surrounding a doll inspired by "All in the Family" -- the first sitcom with an openly bigoted character -- surprisingly had nothing to do with racism, and everything to do with anatomy.

The Joey Stivic (son of Mike "Meathead" Stivic, who was played by Rob Reiner) was introduced in 1976 by the Ideal Toy Company, and billed as the first anatomically correct male doll.

And yes, if you must know, the Joey doll is uncircumcised.

Doll on the Skids

In 1990, K-B Toys pulled the Steve the Tramp doll from the Disney Dick Tracy series off the shelves after a dozen homeless people and their advocates picketed outside a mall in Connecticut. Could it have been the copy on the back of the box?!

"Steve the Tramp is an ignorant bum with cauliflower ears, dirty and scarred from a life on the streets. You'll smell him before you see him."

Yep. That'll do it.

"The Villain" Action Figure

"The Villain," a gun-toting, 12-inch action figure released in 1999 on the heels of the worst school massacre in history, garnered hundreds of complaints from angry consumers. The dolls, said to resemble the teenage Columbine High School gunmen, came with a ski mask, black trench coat, body armor, shotgun, and rifle.

Only 15 dolls were sold before they were pulled off the shelves.

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Look, Mommy! I'm Breastfeeding!

For some parents, this doll is a huge "letdown."
Bebé Glotón (which means greedy baby), made by a Spanish toymaker, was introduced this year. The "mommy" wears a special halter top with a pair of daisies on the shirt that stand in for nipples.

The doll begs the question: Should little girls be pretending to lactate?

next: 10-Year-Old Boy Refuses to Say Pledge of Allegiance
8 comments so far | Post a comment now
Anonymous October 13, 2009, 12:50 PM

And yet people will buy it. Sad, sad, sad.

Anonymous October 13, 2009, 12:56 PM


Renee October 14, 2009, 8:10 AM

This is probably part of a “girls only” line of toys from this company. Good grief, there is a cleaning trolley-type toy made with non-girl colors as well that has been on the markter for years! My kids (a boy and girl) don’t have that particular toy, but they do have play mops, brooms, and some buckets. They love to pretend to clean with me. Imitating activities they see is actually a great skill. And why is there anything wrong with cleaning bathrooms?! It’s a perfectly respectable job and I’m sure most people would be all up in arms if no one did it in the establishments they frequent.

Jenny October 14, 2009, 9:48 AM

Holy cow, really? There is nothing better to worry about in the world than a toy cleaning trolley for girls? They have unisex ones out there as well. Kids mimicking adults (cleaning included) is normal and healthy. This is a ridiculously petty article (if you can call it an article)

A toy does not define a child, when they are old enough to pick an occupation they won’t even remember they had a silly fake cleaning toy. Heaven forbid they learn to clean…its a necessary part of life!!!

By the way when I was little I got a a girls only toy of a blowd ryer and brush set, never once did I aspire to be a hairdresser.

Christina October 15, 2009, 12:47 PM

I actually bought this toy for my daughter for Christmas last year because she LOVES to clean, and she loved this toy. Recently we have had two sets of friends over who had boy children, and those boys too loved this toy and loved to clean. While I can see the sexist implications, calling it “Girls Only” (titles can make the most benign things outrageous), I selfishly hope that her love of cleaning lasts long enough for her to clean my whole house, and if this toy helps, YIPPEEE!! :)

Anne Marie Busch October 28, 2009, 3:38 PM

My daughter actually got this as a gift from my sister. It was a piece of crap, and lasted about two days. I think that the only thing that didn’t break was the pail. Other than that, it was garbage.

live wrestling stream February 4, 2011, 7:57 AM

there’s a steep climb ahead. this info makes a lot more of a case for building into the draft. and then a pretty good case for dumping ronnie too.

live audio wrestling podcast February 6, 2011, 6:52 AM

I love it when Burkie gets called out. The Toronto media still will not do it but other media and NHL players do not have problem with it.

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