Monday, October 08, 2007

Who knew Happy Meals could be so racy?

For Sadie's birthday, Blake and I took her to McDonald's for lunch. After I got over the price of a Happy Meal, (I remember when they were $1.99!) we sat down to enjoy our delicious, processed food.

Of course, the first thing Sadie wanted to do was see the toy. I ripped it out of it's packaging and handed it over to her. Between bites of her chicken nuggets she would play with her new treasure. I didn't really pay much attention to the doll, mainly because Sadie was so excited with it and I was busy downing my chicken sandwich. But, when I finally noticed just what my $3+ had paid for, I did a double look. Was that doll's skirt really that short? Was that cleavage I saw? And why was it necessary for her belly to be hanging out? Seriously. Who dresses like that to go skating and why was my two-year old being given this in a children's meal?

I don't consider myself the kind of mom that feels the need to censor every part of my child's life but at the same time, I was a little shocked to see what was considered an "appropriate" toy for a Happy Meal.

I guess since Sadie was only turning two that day, I should have asked for the toy for ages three and younger. Maybe when she's four, I will feel much better about her playing with a half naked doll.

7 comments:

Jacki said...

I remember my Barbie dolls being a little racy, but those BRATZ are in a whole other ball park. If you get a chance, youtube the barbie bratz Madd TV skit. It is rather funny.

Becky said...

I totally agree with you. I don't think I would ever let my daughter play with a doll like that...ever! I don't want her thinking it's okay to dress like that! Maybe I am a strict mom, but oh well!

Sara said...

I am determined NOT to let my future children play with these kinds of dolls . . . but we'll see what really happens, huh? :)

No, I agree with you, but it seems like these inappropriately dressed dolls are here to stay. Have you thought about writing a letter to MacDonald's? I would, if I were you. You could at least just mail a copy of this blog post to them -- with all attached comments.

Leezy Lindsey said...

Sara - I was planning on letting McDonald's know just how much I disagree with their toy choices. Your idea of attaching all the comments to this post is a great idea!

Jordan said...

Yuck,

While she's sleeping, maybe you could "fix" the doll with a Sharpie?

MommyMullins said...

It's not just the inappropriately dressed "girl" toys, either. I have been unnerved more than once when my boys have opened a Happy Meal to find some sort of weapon or action figured armed to kill. What's up with that???

Regina said...

Wow I am disturbed!