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The left is drooling over Mattel honoring actress and LGBTQ activist Laverne Cox with its first transgender Barbie even though it is made in Indonesia, where homosexuals are beaten and gay marriage is illegal.
The transgender doll was unveiled recently in honor of Pride month. The “Laverne Cox Barbie Tribute Collection” doll is aimed at ages six and up and models the “Orange Is the New Black” star in a red ball gown with a translucent skirt that shows off Cox’s legs. The odd collector’s item reportedly retails for $40.
The high price tag for the doll, the sexuality of Barbie, and the political virtue-signaling attached to it are all part and parcel of America’s expanding political correctness. Indonesia, on the other hand, is reportedly a country where gay and transgender people still experience widespread discrimination, violence, imprisonment, and at times death under Islamic law, according to Wikipedia.
“Laverne Cox uses her voice to amplify the message of moving beyond societal expectations to live more authentically,” Mattel stated in reference to the Hollywood celebrity and the reveal of transgender Barbie.
Good morning to everyone who finds it funny that Mattel is now making a transgender Barbie doll in Indonesia. A place where gay and transgender people have widespread discriminated & same sex marriage is illegal.
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Homosexuality is not technically a crime in the Muslim country, but living “authentically” if you are gay is more than problematic.
The Muslim Indonesian province of Aceh enforces Sharia law which does not tolerate same-sex relations at all. It is punishable by flogging or imprisonment, according to Wikipedia.
In the rest of the country, the practice is ostensibly taboo. Recently, Indonesia summoned Britain’s ambassador to explain why a rainbow flag was hoisted at its embassy.
British embassy sparks fury by raising LGBT rainbow flag in Indonesia as ambassador is summoned: Indonesia summoned Britain's ambassador on Monday to explain the raising of a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) flag at its embassy. https://t.co/rvrbvEa0eu
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The rainbow LGBTQ flag was flown alongside the British flag at the country’s embassy in Jakarta on May 17 to commemorate the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia, according to an Instagram message posted by the embassy.
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“The foreign ministry reminds foreign representatives to be respectful of the sensitivities among Indonesians on matters relevant with their culture, religion and belief,” an Indonesian official named Teuku Faizasyah told Reuters.
Alumni 212 Brotherhood, which is an influential conservative Islamic movement in the country, noted in a statement that the flag sullied the “sacred values of Indonesia,” the media outlet reported.
Reuters is reporting that Indonesia is becoming less tolerant of its gay community. Politicians are becoming more vocal about Islam playing a larger role in the country, according to activists and human rights groups.
“Families experiencing crises due to sexual deviation are required to report their members to agencies handling family resilience or rehabilitation institutions to undergo treatment,” Indonesian draft legislation proposed in 2020 asserted, according to the Jakarta Post.
A 2020 survey by the Pew Research Center also showed that 80% of Indonesians believe homosexuality “should not be accepted by society.”
“It’s been a dream for years to work with Barbie to create my own doll,” Cox told CBS in an interview.
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“I can’t wait for fans to find my doll on shelves and have the opportunity to add a Barbie doll modeled after a transgender person to their collection. I hope that people can look at this Barbie and dream big like I have in my career. The space of dreaming and manifesting is such a powerful source and leads you to achieve more than what you originally thought was possible,” she stated.
“I hope all the kids who are feeling stigmatized when their health care is being jeopardized, ability to play sports, I hope they can see this Barbie and feel a sense of hope and possibility,” Cox gushed on NBC’s “Today” show.
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