‘Outnumbered’ Roundup: Controversial Girl Scout Barbie & A New Minivan for Screaming Parents
Check out some of today's most talked-about stories on "Outnumbered" with Harris Faulkner, Sandra Smith, Ainsley Earhardt, Kimberly Guilfoyle and #oneluckyguy Pete Hegseth!
The new Girl Scout Barbie hits stores this week and is already causing quite a stir.
Critics say Barbie dolls sexualize young girls and idealize an impossible body type, and this will undermine the Girl Scouts’ mission “to build girls of courage, confidence and character.” Girl Scouts defended their partnership with the new doll – which has the motto “be anything, do anything” – saying Girl Scout Barbie has a wholesome image.
During a discussion about the doll on today’s Outnumbered, Guilfoyle said, “Let girls come up with what they want to see as their role models. What’s wrong with having a Barbie that’s feminine?”
Smith agreed, declaring, “I think that there’s nothing better you can teach little girls than capitalism … They can make the doll and you don’t have to buy it, and your parents don’t have to buy it.”
Faulkner asked, “Who sexualized Barbie? It wasn’t Barbie. It wasn’t the little girls. It was grown-ups who looked at Barbie in untoward ways.”
Over the past five decades, Barbie has portrayed 135 different careers, including an aerobics instructor, a presidential candidate and a police officer.
“If she can be a presidential candidate, if she can be a police officer," Hegseth asked, "why can’t she be a Girl Scout?”
Watch the clip above.
The panel also looked at a feature on the latest version of Toyota's Sienna minivan called "Driver Easy Speak." It uses a built-in microphone to amplify a parent's voice through speakers in the back seats.
Guilfoyle saw a great use for the feature when driving with her family, as she wants to keep her eyes on the road, speak in a normal voice, but have it “penetrate the whole car.”
Hegseth disagreed and didn’t like the idea of raising the volume in the vehicle.
“Are you really going to calm down and softly speak into the microphone?” he asked “You’re going to scream into the microphone.”
Smith sees it more as a bottom-line-driven move from Toyota.
“I think car companies are looking for any add-on feature, so that they can raise the price,” she said. “Guess who buys cars more than anyone? Women.”
Faulkner said, at the end of the day, what she likes to use is the tried-and-true “mom look,” which needs no amplification.
Watch the whole discussion below.
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