If there's one thing that bothers me it is being manipulated by the media. It is an insult to my intelligence and I refuse to tolerate it. As I have said before our credo in the Marketplace is "challenge everything, question everything, and validate everything."
Here's the latest one. The picture on the left is going viral on the internet. On Monday WBLS 107.5 posted this picture on their facebook page. The caption with the picture was:
The new black Barbie just popped up on the internet which some are calling offensive!
An image of a brown Barbie doll has surfaced on the Internet, causing people to question whether or not it is supposed to be the next African-American Barbie. The doll is sporting blonde hair, gold chains, cleavage, and two bags that are strikingly similar to the Louis Vuitton monogram multicolor collection.
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Who do I blame for this image? I blame those that choose not to tell the entire story. I blame those that attempt to manipulate us by sharing the equivalent of a 30 second sound bite. I blame us if we don't begin to challenge, question, and validate.
Mattel, Inc., which owns the Barbie brand, said Monday the doll whose image is being circulated on the Internet was not made or sold by them.