Empire News (a humor site):
In a bold move today that is sure to create controversy among fans of the company, Mattel announced its new Barbie doll; â€˜Public Assistance Barbieâ€™ will be marketed directly to inner-city youths and children of welfare recipients.
â€Since 1959 Barbie dolls have been through major changes to reflect the times we live in. Today with over 40% of Americans on some sort of public assistance, we felt the time was right for â€˜Public Assistance Barbie,â€ said Mattel spokesman Rick Reynolds. â€œAfter doing research on people receiving assistance, we have come out with what we think is a fair and sensitive portrayal of that kind of person with our new doll. Each Public Assistance Barbie will come with a new Cadillac, Puma sweats, a pack of Newports, an Obama phone, an EBT card, and a rack of Budweiser. She will also come in three styles: heavily tattooed and pierced, pregnant and smoking, and a â€˜black eyeâ€™ version from when drunken Ken beat her for not paying the cable bill. Public Assistance Barbies will be on the shelves in time for your holiday purchases, and will come in special theft-deterrent boxes. EBT cards cannot be used to purchase, unfortunately.â€
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