You read all the time about images of Jesus and the Virgin Mary appearing in frosted windowpanes and moldy sheetrock and certain fast foods, but when a doll starts babbling about Islam, suddenly it’s news.
I have to admit I laughed when I saw this story in the Wichita Eagle, about the woman returning her Little Mommy Cuddle ‘n Coo doll because it appears to be endorsing the views of the Prophet Muhammad. In the video accompanying the story on the Eagle’s Web site, the little tyke does seem to be saying “Islam is the light.”
Then again, if you keep listening you can imagine all sorts of alternate phrases: “Please turn off the light.” “I am not too bright.” “Palin is alright.” Play it backwards and you might hear “How about those Phillies?”
I don’t know. Hard to imagine that Mattel, whose talking-doll business presumably relies on non-Muslim markets too, would knowingly mass-produce a proselytizing doll. Why not also dress it in a burqa? No, what we have here are some random syllables that just happen to sound like the doll wants to hand you a pamphlet. Too bad for Mattel, but it’s comedy gold.
In any case, I want one. These things are going to be collector’s items.