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jesus christ!
right next to bratz!
by reem al-omari (@Reemawi)
11.23.07
humor


Toys seem to be the hot topic this holiday season, and not because the holiday season is when the likes of Mattel, and... err-- well, I don't buy toys, so I'll just list Mattel, cause they're pretty big and have been around long enough for me to remember them from when I used to have toys bought for me-- make their real money.

This year, toys are the hot topic for the holiday season for a couple bad reasons.

One being the whole made in China bit. I know that we've had a bad year with Chinese products, from pet food to toys, but I do find it odd that the US is the only country discovering issues with Chinese-made pet food or toys. Use this as a prompt to ponder, and perhaps come up with your own version of a conspiracy theory. Alls I'm saying is that just like the concept that behind every great man is a great woman, perhaps you should consider adopting the philosophy that behind every massive case of negligence, there is a very long money trail that doesn't lead to where you expect.

The second reason toys are such a hot topic this holiday season is the very reason there is a multi-billion dollar Christmas industry, none other than Jesus Christ. If you want to buy your kid a Jesus Christ doll, you should go to Walmart. In fact, go to where Walmart stocks its Bratz line of dolls, and JC will be conveniently located right next to the bimbo-in-training dolls.

In an age where, in order to be politically correct, Christmas trees are instead called family trees, Santa Clauses are asked to refrain from saying "ho ho ho" for fear of offending a handful of delusional women, or scaring lame children, and schools banning Christmas cards for fear of promoting popularity contests, it is really interesting that an entity such as Walmart would stock JC dolls... right next to Bratz dolls, no less.

I don't know if there have always been JC dolls. I'm not even sure what the controversy really is... I mean, is it that there are such dolls, or that they are stocked next to Bratz dolls? Is it just the fact that Walmart is the supplier? I simply don't know. But as with many things, I do have my own opinion and a soap box to get on, even though I don't celebrate Christmas.

Jesus Christ is a significant religious figure in Islam. To Muslims, he is the one who will come back and save us all, and his mother was indeed a virgin, but he is not "The Son of God" to us. He is just a very special prophet. For a lesson on Islam, I suggest Wikipedia... I just wanted to pique your curiosity.

Another thing about us Muslims is that we are not into the whole religious imagery deal. Walk into a mosque, you will find that there are no stain glass paintings of saints, or God, or Jesus. Islamic art consists of geometric shapes and calligraphy of God's (Allah's) or the Prophet Mohammed's names, and/or parables from the Quran, our holy book. In fact, in Islam it is forbidden to portray any pious personality present in the Quran, or Bible, or Torah. Reason for this is that trying to portray someone like Jesus Christ will never be enough to represent the true grandeur of such a personality credited with actual miracles.

The idea of making Jesus Christ into a doll to be played with is not only in poor taste to someone of my upbringing, but disrespectful to some who believes he is The Son of God. I have no problem with imagery-- in Christianity. Imagery helped spread the Christian faith to the illiterate and it has carried over into our modern times, and that is fine. Christian art is beautiful and I admire it when I see it for its detail and beauty.

I'm not sure, however, that a "Jesus, the son of God" doll is useful in enriching a child's understanding of Jesus Christ and his significance.

When I was about 13, I was clocked in the head with a flying Barbie doll. I cursed the thing like there was no tomorrow, because the pain was unbearable, and vowed I would start a "Screw Barbie" campaign. In my experience, even if it's a favorite toy, a child rarely treats a toy lightly. They toss them around, chew on them and dismember them if they're morbid enough. Can you imagine the above, life-changing scenario with a flying "Jesus, son of God" doll?

I know that not everyone out there feels the same way I do about religion in general, but that is not important. Whether it's Jesus, Moses or Abraham... none of these personalities belong in the toybox with Bratz and Legos. And since imagery is not an issue for Christians, perhaps the dolls are all right if those who purchase them for their children explain the significance of the personality held in their hands.

Aside from the money trail philosophy mentioned earlier, I also subscribe to Aristotle's philosophy that "It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it."

I just hope JC dolls don't come with a line of fashions, or a crucifixion shop.


ABOUT REEM AL-OMARI

Reem lives and writes about it. She thinks that's what writers do, anyway. If it's not, then she also has a degree in journalism under her belt, along with the titles of reporter, editor (in chief, even) and, of course, opinion columnist.

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COMMENTS

robert melos
11.23.07 @ 2:15a

I'm kind of torn by the concept of a Jesus doll. The Pagan in me finds it amusing, the anti-everything part of me is amused, part of me wonders if they have any lead in them, and yet I do see it would be disrespectful to some people.

I personally haven't seen them, but I am now thinking of a line of Jesus's dream manger, the Jesus corvette, and the Jesus resurrection ski lodge.

Money and greed are more of a god in America. I think greed will overcome everything.

jason gilmore
11.24.07 @ 8:36p

Yeah, it's stupid, but it shows how far religion has been devalued in today's society. Understandably so, in some cases, with the Catholic church debacle and the so-called religious right mucking up things for the rest of us.

My church has never been one for pictures or stained glass representations of Jesus, or anyone else. To me, trying to portray Jesus visually doesn't even make sense, still, people in a lot of churches have done it for hundreds of years.

Things are just so messed up. I've found that a lot of people who react negatively to my faith are reacting to man-made traditions that have gone wrong, not the actual faith itself.

brian anderson
11.27.07 @ 11:07a

I don't find it blasphemous so much as ... tacky.

reem al-omari
11.27.07 @ 2:17p

Well, tacky goes without saying, Brian.

sandra thompson
11.28.07 @ 10:38a

Since Muslims are being blamed for just about everything else these days, how sure are you that this Jesus Christ doll thing isn't just part of the larger Islmao-facist/jihadist conspiracy? After all, what would possibly make JC look more ridiculous? The new doll can join the bobble-headed Jesuses on the dashboard already. Or something. The whole thing just boggles my alleged mind.

ken mohnkern
11.28.07 @ 2:17p

Apparently the White House overlooked another memo: "Bin Laden Determined to Attack Christmas Inside the United States"

reem al-omari
11.28.07 @ 2:34p

Well, you know... the whole world is out to get Americans. It's not like the world has anything better to do.

jeffrey walker
11.29.07 @ 11:45a

Not only Christ Dolls, but also, Christ on a Motorcycle available.

reem al-omari
11.29.07 @ 12:47p

Oh wow, Jeff. That's tacky. If you scroll down the page, there're also the Thongs of Praise.

erik myers
11.29.07 @ 3:47p

Jesus dolls: I wonder if they float.

Is this the right place to bring up the Baby Jesus Butt Plug?

robert melos
11.30.07 @ 1:16a

I didn't see them in my local stores, but I did go to babyjesusdoll.com and saw them. I found it interesting that they picture 3 caucasian and only 1 black doll on the front page, given the obvious fact that it would stand to reason Jesus was darker skinned based on the region of his supposed birth. Nordic baby Jesus just doesn't float it.

Personally it looks like any other doll, well, except for the halo. I just can't imagine really wanting to own one or to give one to your kid for Christmas. I mean, how do you explain crucifying your kid's toy at Easter?

Seriously, dolls in general creep me out.



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