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article imageBarbie and Ken dolls as Mary, Christ and Kali stir controversy

By Sravanth Verma     Sep 27, 2014 in Odd News
Two Argentine artists Marianela Perelli and Pool Paolini have modeled Ken and Barbie dolls as 33 major figures from major religions including Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam.
The dolls will be displayed in Buenos Aires on October 11 and is named “Barbie, The Plastic Religion”. Perelli and Paolini created dolls depicting Jesus crucified on the cross, Gautama the Buddha, and Kali, one of the Hindu goddesses, holding a decapitated head in her hand.
SIR, a website that is backed by Italy’s Catholic bishops published an editorial blasting the exhibition. "What is the difference between provocation and bad taste?” they ask, referring to the dolls of Barbie and Ken dressed as Mary, Jesus and other saints.
Hindu clerics in the United States did not take too kindly to the portrayal of Barbie as Kali either. A photograph of the doll shows it placed inside a box with the symbol of Om and "Jai Kali Ma" in Hindi written on the side of the box. Rajan Zed, a Hindu cleric said, "Goddess Kali, who personifies Shakti or divine energy and considered the goddess of time and change, is widely worshipped in Hinduism. Hindus are for free speech as much as anybody else… But faith is something sacred and attempts at belittling it hurt the devotees."
However, the artists have refrained from depicting Prophet Mohammad in their "doll-scape", and according to their Facebook page, the reason is that they “decided against creating a Ken doll as Islam’s Prophet Muhammad… out of their great respect for Islam but stressed they did not intend to offend any religion.”
The collection also has Barbie dressed as Joan of Arc, Mary Magdalene and the Virgin of Lourdes.
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