TikToker says outfits for LOL Surprise dolls are inappropriate
A viral TikTok criticizing the outfits worn by LOL Surprise dolls has sparked debate over the modesty of toy dolls.
Posted by user @ official.patrick.johnson on September 20, the video racked up nearly 11 million views and over 42,000 comments on Thursday. Judging from the comments on the video, viewers agree with Johnson that the outfits are inappropriate.
Johnson warned parents to “be careful what you expose your children to.” He started his TikTok by showing a Princess and the frog Barbie and Frozen Barbie singing her rendition of themed songs from the Disney movies.
After judging the outfits of both Barbie dolls “beautiful” and “healthy,” he said his daughter didn’t want these dolls – she wanted LOL Surprise dolls.
Johnson said she bought him a bundle of dolls, but was shocked at the way they were dressed.
All four dolls were dressed in fishing nets and underwear, with their bellies or legs visible. In addition to the clothes they came in, the four-pack included additional clip-on clothes that didn’t offer more coverage.
Apparently this was a problem for Johnson, who said one of the dolls was “dressed like a hoochie”.
âIt doesn’t hide anything,â Johnson said of their outfits.
Then he revealed that even the miniature baby versions of the dolls were dressed the same, with miniature torn fishnets.
He said his daughter loved dolls, but he didn’t feel comfortable playing with them.
“I don’t even know how to take them off her, but I don’t want her to think about the way women dress,” Johnson said of her daughter. Then he clarified that: âIf you are in the privacy of your room with your husband, that is one thing. But come on now, not the kids.
He ended the TikTok by asking “What are we doing in America?” Several viewers on TikTok have asked the same question.
âPeople used to say that Bratz dolls [were] bad, LOL dolls are 100 times worse, âone viewer commented.
Another said: âThey’re stopping the Monster High dolls because it was ‘scary’ for the kids. But it stays on the shelves.
One viewer even said that the dolls’ outfits were the same that she wore to work as a stripper.
Some viewers were much less worried, however, claiming that the dolls’ clothes are just that: clothes. They said that criticism teaches children to focus on the wrong things.
“These are literally just clothes, let’s teach children not to judge others by what they have but by their character,” wrote one supporter. Another said, âI don’t dispute that the dolls are scantily clad, but can’t we teach our children to respect others, regardless of their outfit? ”
Johnson did not immediately respond to the Daily Dot’s request for comment.
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* First published: October 1, 2021, 12:44 a.m. CDT
Cecilia Lenzen is a journalism student at the University of Texas at Arlington and a freelance reporter for the Daily Dot.