I know that I already complained about this, but when I saw the “official” description of the Groove, Inc August 2010 Dal, Kanta, it was hard not to be offended:
- Our final Oriental royal series model (Pullip Saras and Taeyang Wati released June, 2010)
- Soft chestnut hair and a gallant look in Dal’s Face
- Oriental Royal Style
- Outfit is gorgeous with unique and cute shoes!!
- Dal’s name Kanta comes from “Beauty”
This is verbatim. So apparently we’re now using terms like “Oriental” again which, if I’m not mistaken, is considered offensive. Then we’re going to celebrate imperialism with a pale, “royal” doll whose name means “beauty.” “Royal” as in “invader”? Did they just use a lot of flash when they took this photo and this doll actually has a much darker skintone, or is she really going to be this pale? Because if she’s not a colonizer of this culture then she’s using skin bleaching cream in an effort to conform to a Western beauty ideal. And yes, I might be reading too much into a doll, but seriously, is anyone else ticked off about this series?