Controversial Barbie E-mail Stereotypes Southern Colorado Communities

By: Ashley Fielder Email
By: Ashley Fielder Email

A controversial email stereotyping different Southern Colorado communities in the form of
Barbie dolls is making the rounds.

From Pueblo Barbie, to Briargate Barbie the generalizations are shocking residents.

You may have seen the new line of Barbie's some jokester's dreamed up for Southern Colorado.

“Southgate Barbie. This doll comes with a 9mm handgun, a Ray Lewis knife, and a Chevy with dark tinted windows,” the email reads.

And then there's Briargate Barbie.

“She gets lost easily and has no full time occupation.”

Seven others, from Pueblo to Trinidad are profiled in an email that's making the rounds right now.

“It's all superficial and that's what Barbie is right?”

But is there any truth to the stereotypes?

“Pine Creek and Briargate are pretty accurate,” said one Colorado Springs resident.

“I like the Widefield barbie, because it's true.”

UCCS Sociology Professor Heather Albanesi says such stereotyping is the problem.

“They're taken to be true, so they can be powerful even if they're not statistically true,” said Alabanesi.

But are people who live in these areas offended?

For example, in Briargate.

“Personally I’m not offended,” said one resident.

“It's inappropriate, and doesn't need to be said.”

And what about Manitou Springs?

“This doll is made of actual tofu,” the email reads.

“It's funny, but not true.”

Albanesi says the model can be applied to any community that has a little diversity.

“We see the working class culture denigrated but also very funny, and we can put it in the context of our local community,” said Albanesi.

Mattel released a statement saying it's not affiliated with the Colorado Springs email or any blog sites that feature digitally remastered images of Barbie doll.

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