IRAN

Iran bins "bad influence" Barbie

Iran's top prosecutor Ghorban Ali Dori Najafabadi called for a crackdown on imports of western toys Monday, in particular Barbie dolls, saying that her curvy figure, which continues to find its way into the country, is threatening the country's Islamic culture and revolutionary values.

Advertising

Photo: Joel Day

Iran's top prosecutor Ghorban Ali Dori Najafabadi called for a crackdown on imports of western toys Monday, in particular Barbie dolls, saying that her curvy figure, which continues to find its way into the country, is threatening the country's Islamic culture and revolutionary values.

In a letter to Vice President Parviz Davoudi, Dori says that Iran is the third biggest importer of toys in the world and that American dolls such as Barbie, Harry Potter and Batman are encouraging the westernisation of the country. Previous attempts to replace the popular figures failed miserably with the modestly-dressed Sara and Dara, launched in 2002, barely selling in toyshops.

Iran hoped to replace Barbie and co with "Sara and Dara", but their attempts failed with this modestly-dressed pair.

"You can’t tell kids to only read the Quran"

Shiva is an Iranian blogger. She runs an IT firm in Tehran. (Her blog)

 

When I first read about this I laughed. But then I felt sad that our officials are so stupid and narrow minded. When I was born, a few years before the revolution [in 1979], you could get any toy you wanted along the main street.

In response to Mr. Dori's request, I am asking the government what they have done to entertain Iranian kids for the past 29 years. Games? Cultural events? You can't tell the kids to only read the Quran like 150 years ago.

They wasted so much money making "Sara & Dara Dolls" - no child wants them! Why do you think Iranian kids are attracted to Harry Potter, Barbie and Batman? It's because our government has done nothing to entertain them.

I recommend spending just one percent of the annual budget on our children and making some practical toys. Otherwise, despite all the rules and the censorship, this generation will start to despise the Muslim religion and the government."