“The irregular importation of such toys, which unfortunately arrive through unofficial sources and smuggling, is destructive culturally and a social danger,” Ghorban Ali Dori Najafabadi wrote in a letter to Parviz Davoudi, Iran’s vice-president.
“The appearance of personalities such as Barbie, Batman, Spiderman and Harry Potter and… computer games and movies are all a danger warning to the officials in the cultural arena.”
What I want to know is how the hell Barbie is making it over to Iran to begin with? Makeup and revealing clothing tend to be a no-no in Iranian culture. Somehow I doubt Barbie has enough pull to change all the little dark haired children of Iran into bleached blondes that crave breast implants and $5,000 hand bags to shove their lap dogs in.
Granted, if I had my own country… I wouldn’t let Barbie in either.