The FBI Thinks a New Barbie Will Be Used to Produce Kiddie Porn

Mattel, the makers of the ever-so-popular Barbie doll, have come up with a new super creepy toy just in time for the holidays, the “Video Girl” Barbie.  Essentially this Barbie has a built-in hidden camera on her chest and a small LCD screen for …

… video display inside her back that can record up to thirty minutes of footage.

The FBI is freaking out a little bit.  They are concerned that pedophiles will use the doll for child pornography.  While the FBI has yet to cite any misuse of the doll they feel they need to inform law agencies of the possibility.

While I can understand the concern – it’s an odd idea for a doll – I really don’t think this new Barbie is that big of a deal.   I am way more worried about Barbie’s impossible dimensions and the possibility of little girls wanting to live up to that body standard then the rare prospect of a pedophile smuggling a Barbie doll into a kids room and then smuggling it back out again to watch the footage.  It seems a little farfetched, but perhaps I am being naïve.

When asked for a comment, Mattel had this to say:

“The FBI is not reporting that anything has happened. Steve Dupre from the FBI Sacramento field office has confirmed there have been no incidents of this doll being used as anything other than its intent. Mattel products are designed with children and their best interests in mind. Many of Mattel’s employees are parents themselves and we understand the importance of child safety — it is our number one priority,” the statement said.

So, if you’re thinking of being Video Girl for the little person in your life, I guess you might want to rethink it?



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7 thoughts on “The FBI Thinks a New Barbie Will Be Used to Produce Kiddie Porn

  1. I wouldn’t rethink anything. In order for this doll to be used inappropriately a pedophile would have to have access to your kid’s room.
    If there’s a pedophile with that much access to your kid, you already have a giant problem.
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    Besides that, this thing has been on the market since July, and the concept of cameras in toys is not new. I don’t recall seeing any FBI warnings about “Nanny Cams” in teddy bears.
    This is ridiculous.

  2. Not only would the pedophile need access to your child’s room, he (or she, but statistically HE) would also somehow need to be able to control a thirty-minute window in which your child undresses and possibly does other things. While pedophiles are known for being adept at manipulating children, that sounds like it’s a little bit difficult. Not to mention the fact that if a pedophile has access to the bedroom of and that level of control over your child, the Barbie is -definitely- the most innocuous part in the equation.

  3. Like blurry and simon said, I suppose it’s theoretically possible for this to be used by pedophiles, but the amount of work and access the person would need to get to the kid would kind of negate the possibility of the Barbie being the biggest threat.

    • It was Alzaetia!
      But I agree.
      This is definitely one of those “NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO what about the children!” issues.
      Someone needs to be bitch slapped. Hard. With a large stick.

  4. “a pedophile would have to have access to your kid’s room.”
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    No.
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    At most a “friend” or relative would have to gift your child a hacked version of the doll. However, I can’t imagine a pedo having access to the technology to re-outfit this barbie with a broadcaster. Nano/mini broadcasters do exist, but I am fairly sure they are not sold commercially. I guess if you wanted to believe conspiracy theories then a highly funded underground ring could manufacture fake dolls. The FBI would no more about that then I would though.
    .
    My guess is the FBI caught wind of some “look don’t touch” perv asking for a modded dolls and it spooked them.

    • This warning was for parents who are planning to buy the doll for their kids.
      So, yeah, the pedophile would need to have access to your kid’s room.

  5. I can see this doll being used by unknown pedophiles who have regular contact with children. They could give the toy to the child to “play” with and an enticement and then make use of the footage later.

    It does sound a bit far fetched but not impossible.

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