Friday, October 02, 2009

"American Girl" Homeless Doll?

Wow! We're confused! How do we feel about the new "homeless" American Girldoll, Gwen?

Sickened? Disgusted? Or a great way to spend $95.00?

What do you think?

Read the article here.

"American Girl dolls are expensive and extremely popular - among the most sought-after toys among girls from ages four and up. Each doll comes with its own storyline, and a relatively new doll is causing quite a stir. "Gwen," which debuted this year, is portrayed as being homeless.

"I think it's really a good idea, because homelessness affects everybody, at different economic levels," Herb Smith, president of the Los Angeles Mission, remarked to Kauffman. "I actually think it's a good teaching tool."

Not so fast, say some homeless advocates, such as one who observed to Kauffman that she finds "the whole concept to be extremely disturbing. It's not a doll I would ever buy for a child."

There are between 7,000 and 10,000 homeless children in L.A. alone, Kauffman notes, and it's doubtful many, if any, could afford Gwen's $95 price tag."

Is this a good way to raise awareness about homelessness? Hmmm.

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