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Mattel slammed for leaving Asians out of Tokyo Olympics Barbie collection

The company had pitched the line to inspire women to participate in sports and 'find the athlete within themselves'. The collection features five dolls representing new sports added to the Olympic programme this year: baseball and softball, climbing, karate, skateboarding and surfing.

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California, First Published Aug 10, 2021, 12:55 PM IST
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US toymaker company Mattel came under fire after leaving out a Barbie doll of Asian ethnicity in a recently released collection commemorating the Tokyo Olympics 2020.
The creators had first unveiled the set in February 2020 and had relaunched it in late July. The company had pitched the line to inspire women to participate in sports and 'find the athlete within themselves'.

The collection features five dolls representing new sports added to the Olympic programme this year: baseball and softball, climbing, karate, skateboarding and surfing. Besides the specific sporting apparel and equipment, the dolls donned Tokyo 2020 jackets and gold plastic medals on a ribbon. 
The caption of the post read: "#Barbie is committed to empowering girls to participate in sports by capturing the fun and friendship of the season, and inspiring kids to find the athlete within."

Netizens took to social media and immediately criticised the dolls for an apparent absence of an Asian doll, especially since the Olympic Games took place in Tokyo.

 

According to media reports, Mattel's official statement said the toy-making company had collaborated with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Tokyo 2020 to create the Olympic-themed dolls. It further said that the latest product line of Olympic-inspired Barbies highlights "inclusivity and innovation" and reflects the five new sports added to Tokyo Games.
 

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