Love and Marriage

Peggy Bundy Action FigureWas toy shipping with the kiddos at Target today when I saw this “action figure”… it’s Peggy Bundy from Married with Children!

For those not familiar, MWC was a TV show that went off the air over 20 years back after a 10 year run. The Fox network had just launched and this was one of its early hits. It separated itself from the pack with a more, shall we say, edgy aesthetic… and “edgy” I mean offensive, outrageous and appealed to the lowest common denominator. It was damn funny stuff, but not exactly good wholesome family fare.

Now honestly, one part of me finds the fact that something like this exists, freaking hilarious. MWC was classic TV and Peggy over the top awesome in it so an action figure seems like an appropriate homage. However, the other part of me is shocked and appalled that it is available a) at Target, b) in the toys aisle and c) marketed towards kids (it even says “Ages 8+” on the box!)!

I do admire (and fear for) the balls on the guy at MEGO who green-lighted this. In this age of “me too,” to further something that absolutely epitomized sexism, misogyny and objectification is actually pretty impressive.

movie theater marqueeWe also went to the movies today. My 6 year old had been dying to see the movie Ugly Dolls (which actually was pretty good) and my 9 year old commented as we entered that it looked like they were hiring Pikachu.

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