Why do LOL Surprise dolls appear in lingerie after they’re dipped in ice-cold water?
LOL Surprise Dolls have come under fire by parents who say the dolls appear in "inappropriate" clothing once they’re dipped into ice-cold water.
A year-old Reddit post of one LOL Surprise Doll appearing in black lingerie has been circulating online.
Here’s a bit more about what the dolls are.
What are LOL Surprise Dolls?
LOL Surprise dolls were created by MGA Entertainment, the company that also created Bratz dolls.
The LOL Surprise dolls – which stands for Little Outrageous Little Surprise – were launched in 2016.
For the past three years, the dolls have won Toy of the Year because of their popularity and high sales.
The dolls’ website explains: “In a world where babies run everything, little Rockers rebel against nap time and Teacher's Pets become class presidents with ‘Free Pizza Fridays!’”
“In this world, all work is play and nothing is dull cuz it's all a lil' surprising and outrageous!”
Why do they appear in lingerie after they’re dipped in ice-cold water?
One mom posted to Reddit a year ago that her three-year-old’s LOL Surprise Doll she got for Christmas reveals a “secret spy outfit” underneath, that she refers to as “secret lingerie.”
User tiffythebomb added: “And for whatever reason the nipples become extremely visible.
“The leopard print skimpy outfit she came with also makes her look like a hooker."
The outfit change is part of the "surprise" that's in the dolls' name.
One woman named Hillary Williams went live on Facebook this week to do a test of putting the dolls in ice-cold water.
Her test shows that when put in the water, a naked LOL Surprise doll does, in fact, spring a new set of clothes that features black lines across her body.
Another doll she tests, which starts out naked with only what appears to be fishnet stockings, appears to have a “devil tail and wings” on her backside.
"So inappropriate for children, you guys," the woman says as she pulls a doll out of the water to find she has "things on her boobs."
"This is what we're buying for them and not knowing," she said. "That's not OK."
LOTTA LOL, a website for baby doll reviews, explains online that some of the dolls change appearances in different temperatures of water.
What other controversy have the dolls faced?
The Sun previously reported that parents were outraged to discover the LOL Surprise boy dolls have genitals.
In keeping with the surprise element of the dolls, kids have no idea which gender doll they are getting until it is unboxed.
However, parents took to social media to say they were surprised the male dolls have a sculptured penis and testicles in the genital area, where the girl dolls have a hole.
MGA Entertainment explained that the feature has been added to reflect "real life," but in a kid-appropriate way.
Why was the Trolls doll pulled from shelves?
Hasbro recently pulled Trolls World Tour Giggle and Sing Poppy after parents complained the doll makes sex noises if you push a button between its legs.
A Change.org petition started by mom Jessica McManis shows photos of the Trolls doll with a button between its legs that emotes sexual noises when pressed.
McManis linked the button and sounds to promoting pedophilia and for instilling children it's okay for others to touch them in private areas.
"If you push it, she makes these sounds, like a gasping sound," the mom explains.
"Ooh wee ohh" and gasps were heard coming from the doll.
Julie Duffy, a spokesperson for Hasbro, said: “This feature was designed to react when the doll was seated, but we recognize the placement of the sensor may be perceived as inappropriate.”
What other dolls have been controversial?
Many dolls for children have been deemed controversial, including LOL Surprise Dolls, Hasbro’s Trolls dolls, Barbies, and Bratz.
According to Insider, a teen Barbie doll released by Mattel in 1992 was criticized for being sexist after saying phrases like, “Math class is tough!”
In 2007, the American Psychological Association’s Task Force on the Sexualization of Girls took an aim at Bratz dolls.
The task force’s report questioned the “sexualized” clothing the dolls wear, like “miniskirts, fishnet stockings, and feather boas.”
In 1999, as also noted by Insider, Disney released a Tarzan doll that some people thought looked like it was masturbating.
The doll made a "jungle call" sound and moved its arm up and down.
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