Saw this in the paper while on holiday and found the clipping again in a pile of desk stuff. You can’t beat Christians for coming up with real kitsch. This is a truly awesome specimen though – it surely reaches the dizzy heights of kitschity. The ads on the box are particularly special:
- I talk! Try me! I come to life with just the push of a button (if only it had been that easy)
- Fully poseable! Includes STORY OF JESUS.
This apparently has been such a runaway success in the US that Wal-Mart has started stocking up. So-called ‘faith-enriching toys’ are going on sale, mainly int he Midwest and South. Other models available are Moses, Mary, Peter & Paul. Marvellous.
Well I suppose it’s all marginally better than Bratz.
But what really made me giggle was the closing paragraph of the article, which i will enjoy quoting in full:
Ellen Johnson, the president of American Atheists, told Canada’s National Post: Personally, I don’t think kids are going to go for it. Nobody’s really all that interested in Jesus. Kids aren’t.
Well, there you have it. That settles it. But it does sound like sour grapes to me. After all, the fact that Wal-Mart is stocking the Jesus doll suggests she’s somewhat off-beam there (I mean, they’re not exactly known for ethical, spiritual or social concerns in what they stock – the $ rules there more than anywhere). Ha ha. Ho hum.