Well, it seems Hasbro has shelved its idea to sell toys for 6- to 9-year-olds based on the Pussycat Dolls, a pop group made up of buxom women who go around wearing lingerie and singing about physical acts that, if done right, are illegal in Kentucky. (Apparently these dolls would have given a whole new meaning to the term "action figure.")
But now that the executives at Hasbro have come down off their crack high (thousands of calls from angry parents will do that), there are still repercussions to be dealt with from their reversal. First of all, the move is bad news for anyone hoping to one day see dolls based on Hooters waitresses, porn stars or Anna Nicole Smith (old rich guy whom she can marry and then throw under her Malibu Camper sold separately). But more importantly, what will fill the resultant doll gap?
I think I may have the answer. On the exact same day that Hasbro backed down, I got a press release from a company touting its new line of "Talking Bible Dolls." You get the sense that if the Pussycat Dolls had been made, the Talking Bible Dolls would have been the ones to beat their little plastic wrists with rulers until they'd traded their bustiers for sensible pantsuits and gotten themselves to a nunnery playset, pronto.
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