Don’t ask me, I’m just a girl. — Talking Malibu Stacy, “Lisa vs. Malibu Stacy”
The doll was wired to speak four random phrases out of an overall pool of 270. While most of these phrases were puerile enough — “How’s it hanging?”, “Who am I?”, etc. — many parents were concerned at one phrase in particular:
Like a plastic doll head under a hairdryer, Mattel quickly yielded to the heat, trimming Teen Talk’s phraseology to 269 and thereby leaving a variety of boring jobs open to the fairer sex.
This wouldn’t be Mattel’s first misstep though, no ma’am. The toymaker in the past has made a number of un-PC blunders (ignoring the whole proportion debate), from Colored Francie to that whole wheelchair thing.
And that’s not to mention whatever this is: