America has spoken, and we don’t want our kids playing with dolls that look like transvestite hookers. Hasbro had planned on developing a line of Pussycat dolls, but due to mounting mounting pressure from a grass-roots parents protest, the decided to scrap the idea. I could see Vivid coming out with a line of Pussycat blow-up dolls.
The No. 2 toymaker, which had planned to market the racy dolls to girls as young as 6, bowed to a letter-writing campaign launched last month by Brooklyn mom Lisa Flythe. “Every single person I spoke to was shocked that this would even be considered,” said Flythe, 43, who has a 4-year-old daughter.
“It could be an appropriate adult entertainment product, but definitely not for kids.” Flythe wrote to Hasbro officials last month after hearing about the outrageous plans for the dolls based on the Dolls, a campy burlesque group of dancers. The Dolls, who are hugely popular with teenagers, have a crossover hit with their song “Don’t Cha” featuring lyrics about group sex.
“Parents were instantly upset about it,” said Josh Golin of the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, which helped spearhead the backlash. “They’re scantily clad. Their lyrics are sexual,” Golin added.
Hasbro axes dirty dancer toys for girls [Daily Dish]