Stereotypical Mexican Barbie Comes With Chihuahua & Passport

Mattel has found itself in some hot water now that a Mexican Barbie doll has hit shelves -- complete with a pink, ruffled dress, chihuahua and passport. Part of the "Dolls of the World" collection that was launched in 1980, the collection is now making a comeback with a new line of dolls. And while all the dolls carry passports and country stickers, it's the Mexican doll that has caused a stir.

"It sounds to me like Mattel took some shortcuts," Jason Ruiz, a professor of American studies at Notre Dame University in South Bend, Ind., told ABC News. "The bright pink ribbons? A Chihuahua? That kind of stuff is so easy to use."

And while Ruiz doesn't find the passport particularly offensive, he understood why some people might have a problem with it.

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