View Full Version : Saudi police outlaw Barbies, Barbie is a Jew?

09-11-2003, 06:14 AM
Next they ban that other popular action figure the bush doll!!!!

September 10, 2003

Saudi Arabia's religious police have declared Barbie dolls a threat to morality, complaining that the revealing clothes of the "Jewish" toy - already banned in the kingdom - were offensive to Islam.

The Committee for the Propagation of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, as the religious police are officially known, lists the dolls on a section of its website devoted to items deemed offensive to the conservative Saudi interpretation of Islam.

"Jewish Barbie dolls, with their revealing clothes and shameful postures, accessories and tools are a symbol of decadence to the perverted West. Let us beware of her dangers and be careful," said a poster on the site.

The poster, plastered with pictures of Barbie in short dresses and tight pants, and with a few of her accessories, reads: "A strange request. A little girl asks her mother: Mother, I want jeans, a low-cut shirt, and a swimsuit like Barbie."

Such posters are distributed to schools and hung in the streets by the religious police, or muttawa, an independent body affiliated with the office of the Prime Minister.
Vice police officials were not available for comment yesterday.

Sheik Abdulla al-Merdas, a preacher in a Riyadh mosque, said the muttawa take their anti-Barbie campaign to the shops, confiscating dolls from sellers and imposing a fine.

Although illegal, Barbies, the creation of California-based Mattel Inc., are found on the black market, where a contraband doll could cost 100 riyals ($A42) or more.

"It is no problem that little girls play with dolls. But these dolls should not have the developed body of a woman, and wear revealing clothes," al-Merdas said.

"These revealing clothes will be imprinted in their minds and they will refuse to wear the clothes we are used to as Muslims," the sheik said.

Women in Saudi Arabia must cover themselves from head to toe with a black cloak in public. They are not allowed to drive and cannot go out in public unaccompanied by a male family member.

Other items listed as violations on the site included Valentine's Day gifts, perfume bottles in the shape of women's bodies, clothing with logos that include a cross, and decorative copies of religious items - offensive because they could be damaged and thus insult Islam.

An exhibition of all the violating items is found in the holy city of Medina, and mobile tours visit schools and other public areas in the kingdom.

The muttawa act as a monitoring and punishing agency, propagating conservative Islamic beliefs according to the teachings of the puritan Wahhabi sect, adhered to in the kingdom since the 18th century, and enforcing strict moral code.

The muttawa patrol the streets of the kingdom, preventing men from mingling with women, enforcing strict Islamic dress for women, chasing worshippers late for prayers, and punishing shopkeepers who stay open during prayer hours. They sometimes work with a police officer who can enforce legal punishments on people deemed violators.

Cueless Joey
09-11-2003, 10:47 AM
That my friend is bigotry and zealotry at it's best.
My uncle used to have a Muslim friend.
He walked ahead of him one time. His friend told him not to do it again. His "friend" said, his blood boils when he sees the backside of the neck of a Christian.

09-11-2003, 10:51 AM
Are you sure ?

Most Muslims that I know are polite and respectful.

I can believe the first part , but the qualification doesnt sound like something a normal person would say. Moslim or otherwise.


Pops Red
09-16-2003, 06:28 PM
Barbie is a shiksa!

Displaying the same keen acumen that has enabled them to crack down on homegrown terrorists, Saudi Arabian police declared America's favorite doll "Jewish" and "offensive to Islam." Displaying the same keen acumen that has enabled them to crack down on homegrown terrorists, Saudi Arabian police declared America's favorite doll "Jewish" and "offensive to Islam."

Editor's note: HBO's "Real Time With Bill Maher" airs Friday nights at 11 EDT and is repeated throughout the week. This is adapted from the "New Rules" segment of the show.

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By Bill Maher

Sept. 16, 2003 | While the rest of the world honored the second anniversary of 9/11 by cracking down on terrorism, the people responsible for the attacks zeroed in on the real problem facing the world, Barbie. That's right, Saudi Arabian police declared Barbie "offensive to Islam" as well as a "Jewish" doll and banished her from the kingdom. Barbie was then whisked to the French Riviera in a private jet, where she was plied with cocaine and drinks, then raped all night by 2,000 Saudi princes.

Barbie, a Jewish doll? Oh, I guess there's some evidence of that -- it's true when you put Ken on top of her she just lies there. But maybe that's because Ken is gay, which probably doesn't go over well in Mecca either. Guys, if you're worried that Barbie is offensive, you have no idea how offensive to Islam we can be. We've got Christians, Jews, lesbians, pork chops, ass-less chaps, loud music -- and that's just at a restaurant in West Hollywood.

The truth is, the Saudis and the terrorists who extort their support at our expense, are all about the purity of the seventh century until it suits their needs. If the West is so tainted, why don't you stop using our technology?

This week Osama bin Laden put out a new videotape. Guess who invented videotape? Not anybody named Abu. Same goes for satellite phones, computers, SUVs, and everything else the terrorists use to hatch their evil plans -- they were all invented by the infidels. Their last new idea was something about stonings at night, when it's cooler. I don't know where Osama's hiding, but I do know one place he's never been -- the patent office. So don't claim you're rejecting the West when you're using our technology. Go back to homing pigeons and camels, and those big curved swords. Because if there's anything more annoying than an evildoer, it's a hypocritical evildoer.

05-15-2004, 11:35 PM
Other people have the right to their own beliefs. Why not? Did some G-d I don't know about bless the USA way? Many westerners think cursing in popular music and in public by women and children; widespread pornography; gambling; rampant marital infidelity and divorce etc. etc. are superior to Middle Eastern Moslem values. Fine. Live how you want. But if you think you stand on self declared moral high ground and try to force your values on others, you are........Bzzzzzzzzz: Wrong.

05-17-2004, 11:26 AM

I think that's what's being pointed out here. These people do not have the rights to their own beliefs. The Saudi decency committee is making those decisions for them. In the U.S., if you don't want your kid playing with Barbie dolls or listening to Eminem, you just have to watch them and make sure they don't. I'd most assuredly be upset if the government came in and told me what I can and can't do. JMHO

Will ~ For the same reason, I support Howard Stern getting back on the air, despite the fact that I choose not to listen to him