Girl Scout Barbie: Doll Sparks Controversy Over Group's Principles, Corporate Sponsorship

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When you think of Girl Scouts, and think of Barbie dolls, the things that come to mind may not be analogous to the point where you'd think a Girl Scout Barbie should be a thing.

Oh, but it is!

Last year, the Girl Scouts of America partnered with Mattel, the company responsible for the iconic toy, to give Scouts the opportunity to earn a Barbie patch.

The "Be anything, do everything" patch - the group's first-ever corporate-sponsored merit badge - will soon be followed by a Girl Scout-inspired Barbie doll.

Not everyone's a fan of this partnership, as Susan Linn, a psychologist and director of the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, makes clear.

"Barbie is basically a terrible role model," she told Today. "She's not about the Girl Scouts' principles, which have to do with leadership and courage."

Kelly Parisi, spokeswoman for the Girl Scouts, disagrees.

"Girls and moms alike associate this doll with the outdoors, camping, giving back in your community, and we think that those are really positive messages," she said.

Entrepreneur Barbie, also introduced in 2014, is another of Mattel's efforts to modernize the toy, sales of which have fallen by double digits in recent years.

She still inspires millions, however (and we don't mean Human Barbie clones that seem to be popping up), making any Barbie story controversial.

What do you think? Do Barbie's still-impossible proportions and less-than-progressive history make her a bad fit for the Scouts? Comment below!

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