Black Canary Barbie: Offensive?

Van Jensen

Van Jensen is a former crime reporter turned comic book writer. In addition to ComicMix, he contributes to Publishers Weekly and Comic Book Resources. He lives in Atlanta, and his blog can be found at

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8 Responses

  1. Glenn Hauman says:

    Now hang on. Why should they have to know anything about the context of the Black Canary character? There are lots more people who know who Barbie is than know anything about Black Canary.

  2. mike weber says:

    I was fascinated a while ago to read that there were Harley and Ivy Barbies; talk about not knowing the context – imagine the outrage if religious right-wingers knew anything about the backstory behind Gotham's two most notorious lipstick lesbians…

  3. Martha Thomases says:

    Have these Christian Voice folks ever seen a Barbie? She's been dressing rather — how shall I put this — down-market for decades.

    • Adam says:

      "Down-market"… I like that.Anyway, as the parent of a young girl who has just begun to wade into the marketing ocean that is Barbie, I can say that I'll almost certainly buy this for her. She will, of course, promptly discard the fishnets for a (slightly) more demure party dress. While not playing with the doll, it'll most likely be naked. So, which should the Christian Voice be more concerned over? Fishnets and tarted-up costume, or starkers? Or, I don't know, world hunger and faceless corporations stealing from the needy? Just a thought.

  4. Andrew Pepoy says:

    They probably should have gone with the classic/original costume. It's a better one anyways.

  5. Elayne Riggs says:

    Just a plug for my next column, which will tackle this subject.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Bratz dolls dress even trampier.