Father ignites debate with TikTok on clothing choices for LOL Surprise! dolls
A father sparked a debate over children’s toys after he criticized the outfits worn by the popular LOL Surprise! dolls as “inappropriate” in a viral TikTok.
Last month Patrick Johnson, who calls himself @ official.patrick.johnson on TikTok and describes himself as a pastor, addressed the design choices for the dolls, with some dressed in fishnets and others in outfits in fashion, in a video shared at the platform.
He started the video holding up his daughter’s Disney Princess Tiana doll, seen in her classic green dress, and a doll from Frozen, which he described as a “healthy little Barbie,” before comparing the dolls to his daughter’s new toys.
âAll of you, I don’t know what we’re doing these days. Listen, my baby wants LOL dolls, I said ok, âhe said pointing to the Disney princess dolls, before throwing them aside and insisting, “I’m upset!”
Johnson then held up one of the LOL Surprises! dolls he bought for his daughter, who has neon green and black hair and can be seen wearing a fishnet bodysuit, black shorts and a short black shirt.
âLook at these dolls they give to our babies,â Johnson continued. ” What are we doing ? She’s thick with and everything, she put on pantyhose.
According to Johnson, he initially assumed it might just be one doll, however, he went on to explain that each of the four LOL Surprise! the dolls that had come in the box were dressed in a way he deemed inappropriate, all of the dolls showing their legs or bellies.
“What are we doing to our children, all of you?” The father asked as he continued to hold the dolls he had bought for his daughter, before noting that he had told his daughter to find the clothes for the doll as he assumed you had to put the clothes on. yourself. âWe have to be careful what we give our children,â he added.
Johnson’s outrage continued as he showed off the dolls that came with the box of LOL Surprise! dolls, which can be seen in similar punk-inspired outfits, with one doll shirt saying “Bad” and the other emblazoned “Baby”.
âWhat are we doing to our children? You have to be careful what you bring around our children, âthe father reiterated, adding that his daughterâ loves âthe dolls and he doesn’t think he can take them away, but he doesn’t want herâ thinking that’s the way women dress â.
The father then asked why we “can’t just go back to Tiana” as he waved the Disney princess before concluding: “What’s going on? Help me America. what are we doing? Is that what we do ?! “
The TikTok, which Johnson captioned, “Can’t believe I bought this for my daughter” and “Be careful what you expose your kids to,” has since been viewed over 10.9 million times and sparked a debate on the relevance of the dolls.
In the comments, many viewers agreed with Johnson’s review of the dolls, with one person writing: âPeople said Bratz dolls were bad, surprise LOL! dolls are 100 times worse.
Another person commented, âMy baby just asked me for some of these dolls for his birthday! However, she will not receive them. “
According to other viewers, the problem with the dolls is not their clothes but their proportions, as one person noted: “Less concerned with the clothes and more concerned with the unreasonable bodily expectations of these dolls.”
Someone else asked, “Is thatâ¦ a gap between a doll’s thighs ?!”
The video also drew comments from viewers pointing out that the dolls had already been condemned by parents after learning that upon submerging some of the “color-changing” dolls in the water, their clothes became damaged. are transformed into lingerie-type clothing.
âI refuse to buy any for my children. Once you see what’s going on in the cold water (the minis at least), you’re sure to throw them in the trash, âone user wrote.
However, the viral video also prompted many to advocate for the dolls on the grounds that children should not be taught to judge based on the choice of clothing.
âThese are just clothes. I see nothing wrong with it. If you don’t like it, don’t buy, “one person commented, while another said:” These are literally just clothes, let’s teach kids not to judge others on what they are. ‘they wear, but according to their character.
Someone else added that they were unsure whether Johnson was ‘joking or not’ as they pointed out that the dolls are ‘MADE TO BE GOTHIC AND EDGY’.
This isn’t the first time parents have complained about clothing choices for popular toys, as a mother recently described her problems with the dolls to WRAL, explaining that “you open it and the doll is wearing provocative lingerie” and calling the dolls “sexualized”.
MGA Entertainment, the company behind the toys, previously described LOL Surprise! as “an avant-garde doll brand designed to be fun and expressive”, WRAL reports.
The independent has contacted MGA Entertainment and Johnson for comment.