Bowing to pressure, Hasbro said today it will not be releasing its planned line of scantily-clad "Pussycat Dolls" figures this fall.
Outraged parents started a letter campaign to Hasbro, better known for Play-Doh and Weebles, expressing their anger over the company’s plan to market the "blatantly eroticized dolls," according to the Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood. The CCFC commended the company on the decision to pull the plug.
Modeled on the all-girl cabaret act turned pop singers, the dolls, in teeny mini-skirts and lacy tops, were as scantily-clad as the real-life act.
In a statement, Hasbro acknowledged that the image of the pop group "focused on a much older target than we had anticipated at the time of our original discussions." To move forward, the company said, would be "inappropriate."
Pussycat Dolls fans need not be sad. The girl group may soon be starting a line of lingerie and perfume, according to their website.