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February 12, 2009

And the worst toy of the year is … Cowboy Cheerleader Barbie

Posted on Thu Feb 12 2009

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After great anticipation, the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood has named the worst toy the year. And the winner/loser of the group's inaugural TOADY (Toys Oppressive And Destructive to Young Children) Award is: Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader Barbie, who got an impressive 6,000 votes. CCFC director Dr. Susan Linn says in a statement: "The Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader Doll comes with the shortest of short shorts, stiletto boots, and a revealing halter top. The preposterously skimpy outfit allows children to get a better view of Barbie's impossibly long legs and dangerously thin body. It embodies a host of harmful expectations about what girls are supposed to be like." It's not a great birthday present for Barbie, who turns 50 this year. She beat out Baby Alive Learns to Potty, the Power Wheels Cadillac Escalade and other toys to achieve the dishonor.

—Posted by Kenneth Hein

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