Thursday, November 01, 2007

Irony and Absurdity.

My nieces love the movie Hairspray. They know every word of the soundtrack, watch clips on YouTube, and are waiting anxiously for its release on DVD. If you've seen this movie, or one of the other incarnations of this story (the John Waters film or the musical), then you know the general idea of the story. Key to this story is the message of racial unity and the absurdity of segregation.

Imagine my delight when I saw that they were releasing dolls...

hairspraydolls

I thought that this would be the perfect gift for my nieces for Christmas. But wait, Toys 'R Us and the other retailers selling the dolls are not offering the Seaweed character. In fact, the only dolls available are the white dolls. I find this to be incredibly ridiculous for a number of reasons, but tragically ironical based on the message of the movie.

I'm still on the fence as to whether or not I want to support this practice (Rykert is adamantly opposed to buying dolls from a seemingly racist company). I've emailed the company, Play Along Toys. I'd encourage all of you to do the same. I doubt that I will receive a reply, but I will let you know.

2 comment(s). Tell me what you think!:

Knittripps said...

I have not seen the movie and I don't know the story, but I agree that it is very, very uncool of the toy company to send such a poor message.

Jan said...

Isn't there a black doll there in your photo? (Back right) Or are they not releasing that particular doll?

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