Iran to get tough on Barbie sellers

2012-01-20 17:44

Tehran - Iran's police have vowed to crack down on stores that defy a ban on selling US-made Barbie dolls, considered contraband in the Islamic republic, the Mehr news agency reported on Friday.

"Stores that are selling these dolls are committing an offence and the police will act against them," an unnamed police official was quoted as saying.

"Dozens of stores that have sold these Barbie dolls have been closed and that will continue," the same source said.

Iran will press on with its campaign against "the signs of permissive Western culture and in this new phase will seize the Barbie dolls", Mehr reported.

For several years, Iranian police have waged campaigns against the popular dolls, made by US toy maker Mattel.

Though banned in Iran, the plastic figurines are sold illegally in toy shops, and some grocery stores.

Several years ago, Iran launched its own national brand of dolls, named Sara and Dara, designed to replace domestic demand for the US-made original.

Iranian authorities regularly denounce the influence of Western culture, including the abundance of satellite dishes that allow citizens to watch foreign television programmes.

  • Wesley - 2012-01-20 18:54

    America say to Iran "we will not sell you any weapons" Iran says "we will not buy any Barbies" wow

  • ISO - 2012-01-20 18:59

    Barbie gets kicked out,while Ken is still living it up in Iran...... Discrimination against woman~

      Eugene - 2012-01-21 06:53

      Perhaps they should just decree that Barbie dolls are legal, as long as they wear burkas... :-)

  • mundu.olewega - 2012-01-20 19:15

    What a screwed up society!These guys just took another step backwards towards the stoneage.

      Jeffrey - 2012-01-20 19:30

      They never got out of the stone age.

      Barry - 2012-01-20 21:30

      I agree. The USA is a real screwed up country, always taking a step backwards for us all.

      Anthony - 2012-01-21 06:18

      @Barry, WOW, if you have to show your hatred for the USA, by responding on a Barbie article, he' , that's quite pathetic!!!!!!

      Barry - 2012-01-21 08:54

      @Antony..I dont get your point. Another comment here says they never got out of the stone age. Is that also pathetic from your point of view ?

      Anthony - 2012-01-21 15:02

      @Barry Yes !!!!

      Barry - 2012-01-21 19:07

      @Anthony.. So if you agree the USA is always taking a step backwards what is your point ?

  • Godfrey - 2012-01-20 19:18

    They are brain addled Muslims. They only want Ken dolls.

      Barry - 2012-01-20 21:30

      Are you brain dead ?

      Adam - 2012-01-20 23:52

      barry if i were muslim id be dead embarrassed of you, only a retard would read what u say and think you have something meaningful to say. this dousnt relate to this comment, it relates to every posy i jave ever read of yours

      Barry - 2012-01-21 08:55

      @Adam..I doubt you even have a brain.. Bless

  • Jeffrey - 2012-01-20 19:33

    USA wants oil sanctions against Iran, Iran retaliates with doll sanctions against the USA. How will this affect the Barbie Doll Futures market. Could be devastating for the US economy.

  • Teresa - 2012-01-21 01:20

    How can people not see that the sale of Barbie dolls is a real threat to Iranian society? Really! These dolls may lead to the degeneration of Iranians and of the country. They are quite dangerous (LOL)!!!!

  • Zion - 2012-01-21 09:07

    Egad, I was buying these Barbie dolls for my daughters in the early 1980's. I doubt if Ken was alive then. Never knew they still existed today.

  • Craig - 2012-01-21 09:14

    I think that the truth lies between the lines. Yes it is being manipulated by local religious leaders, but it seems to me this is a trade issue - Iran wants to promote locally made dolls. American companies want to flood the market with their dolls. Of course the religious guys there will say the US dolls are evil - that just pandering to the masses. But surely the Iranians have every right to not want American culture?

  • Craig - 2012-01-21 09:16

    I love how so many Saffrer experts there are on Iran - have any of the above people who describe the place as being in the Stone Age actually been there? Actually met a person from Iran, or from the region? Before the western powers started annihilating their culture in a war for resources, the Iranian culture predated the west by thousands of years. And, by the way - South Africans have no right to accuse other people of being in the Stone Age - your country is collapsing around your ears and yet you try look elsewhere for scape goats. Hah. Oops, much.

      Pierre - 2012-01-21 09:38

      I was in support of your comment until you mentioned SA collapsing. I can ask you the same question; have you been in SA recently? None of our cities, e.g. Cape Town, JHB, Durban or road infrastructure and airports are in a state of “collapse”. You expect people to be open-minded on Iran, while you yourself are completely with blinkers when it comes to SA.

  • Pierre - 2012-01-21 09:32

    Ok, Iran looks stupid by doing this. But how does Iran compare to Saudi-Arabia? Is Barbie dolls allowed to be sold in Saudi-Arabia for example? Women can drive vehicles in Iran, have an education and can acquire jobs "relatively more freely”. Is that true of Saudi-Arabia? Ok, Barbie dolls are just silly, but the point is many people accuse Iran of things that are completely overlooked in other countries, or other countries are even worse offenders.

  • Alva - 2012-01-21 09:58

    Interesting. War of the Barbie Doll. What next?

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