The internet is currently a buzz with a one minute video featuring four-year-old Riley in the doll aisle of a toy store giving her thoughts on why she’s frustrated with the toy manufacturers and their marketing strategies. You can view the video below
Part of the conversation goes:
Riley “The companies who make these try to trick the girls into buying pink stuff, instead of stuff that boys want to buy, right?”
Father “Right. But you can buy buy either, right? Boys can buy either? If boys wanna buy pink, they can buy pink, right?”
Riley “Yeah! So then why do all the girls have to buy princesses? Some girls like superheroes, some girls like princesses, some boys like superheroes, some boys like princesses.”
Wow! The video has had over two million views so far, and little Riley even got to meet Diane Sawyer to discuss her favorite superhero.
Comments from YouTube users include:
“It sounds like she is being raised to think! That is a great thing! Kudos to her parents!!!!!”
“I think the more likely reason for this is that IT’S NOT HER OPINION. It’s something her dad coached her to say.”
“Haha, she already has more marketing awareness than many women old enough to be her mother. If this is a sign of her generation, I’m okay with kids her age growing up to inherit the earth.”
“Yeah, she takes cues and regurgitates her parent’s beliefs really well. “
What are your thoughts? Are girls being tricked into buying princesses and pink?