Iran is once again cracking down on the sale of Barbie dolls. This is a long-standing vendetta on the part of the Islamic Republic. The Daily Telegraph, May 7, 1996:
THE appearance of smuggled Barbie dolls in shops in Iran has prompted Islamic hardliners to dub them ‘satanic’ in an attempt to dissuade people from buying them.
Hardliners say that the ‘unwholesome flexibility of these dolls, their destructive beauty and their semi-nudity have an effect on the minds and morality of young children’.