Interestment’s Top Four: Inappropriate Toys

Published: 10th Mar, 2009

Look away kids!

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It’s always a total pleasure to hear from a member of the ever-growing Interestment family, and today Emily – a powerful wit – has turned her attentions to the morally corrupt world of toys. She had this to say…

Now that Barbie has turned 50, it’s time to really dig the knife in. When a woman gets older, she becomes more insecure, a little needy and really quite susceptible to insults. Barbie – you’re a hag. There, how does that feel? Well now you know how it’s felt for the average woman for the last fifty god forsaken years. Never good enough, thanks to you and your massive glossy main, tiny waist, pointy boobs and plastic crotch. Having Barbies has scarred me for life. And don’t get me started on Trolls.

Ahem, anyway. So Barbie and her counterparts aren’t the only morally dubious toys for kids. Here’s my top four:

1. The Peekaboo Dance Pole

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“What did pervy uncle Neil get you for Christmas, darling?” Chances are, he scoured the shops for a slutty pole dancing kit for girls. The £49.97 package includes a chrome pole extendable to 8ft 6ins, a sexy dance garter and a DVD demonstrating suggestive dance moves.

2. Plastic Toy Tommy Gangster Gun for Fancy dress

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I know, kids have always played with guns, it’s just part of becoming a man. But where do you draw the line between harmless placcy shooter with a comedy bang, and pretend Uzi, which looks identical to the real thing? Next thing you know, children will start cheerfully modeling themselves on Prop Joe.

3. Pussycat Doll, er Dolls

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These little wrong’uns won’t actually hit the shelves until later this year (in time for Christmas), but the key thing is that they are being marketed for girls between 6 and 9. Hands up who wants to see under ten-year-olds playing with toys that look like prostitutes? Not you, Uncle Neil! Cue opening of can of angry worms.

4. Any High School Musical paraphernalia

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For two reasons. A. The songs are crap. B. If people moan about a plastic figurine giving girls a skewed vision of beauty, what exactly does Vanessa Hudgen’s sex tape do for little children? Was Tony Hart’s death actually the death of wholesome role models in children’s telly? If you see past his alleged affair with Andi Peters, then yes. Yes it was.

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