Friday, July 18, 2008

Read the Label

This one's for The Christian Voice. You know those folks who can't read a simple label, or do their research.

Regarding the release of the Black Canary Barbie, based on the female role model and super-heroine who has been gracing the pages of various DC Comics since 1947, this is what a spokesperson from Christian Voice had to say:

"Barbie has always been on the tarty side and this is taking it too far. A children’s doll in sexually suggestive clothing is irresponsible – it’s filth."

One of the things that bother me most about the Great Uninformed Masses and anything to do with comic books is the perception that comics are just for kids. Nope. Wrong the first time. Current demographics put the main comics audience in their twenties, thirties and forties. That's pretty far from kids' ages. And even if you want to reach back in time to a more innocent age, Black Canary has always worn fishnets. Since 1947. I'm just guessing that it's the fishnets are what CV are calling sexually suggestive. Are they against the Rockettes too?

The other thing, the most important thing perhaps, is that Mattel will be marking this product, due for release in September, for adult collectors. It is specifically part of the Black Label Collection, packaged and marketed specifically for the adult collector market. Hear that, Christian Voice? Not for kids. So why the whining?

And if Black Canary's costume is so offensive, where have you been since 1947? Where were you when she was featured on popular TV series like "Smallville," "Justice League Unlimited" (a cartoon! and you all know those are just for kids!) and "Birds of Prey?"

No matter, as I said, Christian Voice obviously isn't an organization that's big on things like reading or research. If you check their website, which I won't advertise here, you'll find that they really don't have time to read and research. They're much too busy committing verbal hate crimes against the gay community.


  1. Amen to that brother...

  2. I caught this story last week.

    If they had taken the time to do the research about the Black Label product line, then they would have had nothing to complain about, would they?

    I hope they don't catch wind of the "Ken & Barbie as the Comedian & Sally Jupiter" playset.

  3. not to mention that barbie has an even more 'slutty' cher doll in their collection...ugh! not to mention that the black canary barbie is listed in the catalog as a collectors item; not for the kiddies!