At Best Buy in Metairie a few nights ago, I neared the checkout register only to be greeted with, “Oh my god, you look like a Barbie!”
“Huh?” was my immediate response as I restrained retorts like “Which one? Malibu Barbie or Peaches & Cream Barbie? Diwali Barbie, perhaps, seeing as how my luscious black hair reaches all the way to my calves and I’m here in a flowing sari. Or maybe it’s the new bangs which I just did with my Magic Hair Styler. If I’m Barbie, who are you, the Queen of Sheba?”
Checkout girl: “It’s just all of you. I saw you and I just knew you looked like a Barbie. Your face and everything.”
Oh brother. Not just Barbie, but a Barbie. A Barbie in headed-for-washer capris, a t-shirt, a non-descript black fleece vest, hair pulled up in a bun and smelling like the tail end of the Po’ Boy Preservation Festival. Aaah, that’s it, Harried Stinky Scientist Barbie. I thanked the nice (yet perplexing and obviously blind) girl, regardless, and told her it was the nicest thing I’ve heard in a long time.
While Maitri Barbie does not hit stores everywhere for a few more years, how about enlightening your kids in Hinduism Meets Marketing this holiday season with a nice Mighty Hanuman Action Figure? (Thanks, SM!)