Now, there's absolutely nothing wrong with packaging sunglasses with NERF guns. We believe that you should wear sunglasses while doing any activity that involves a high potential for action-movie puns, and diving into a dart-gun melee with your friends is firmly within that category. However, let's take a look at the product description for the Sweet Revenge:
This "chic kit" has everything you need for "high-style missions," including a "fashionable blaster," because "who says you can't look stylish while you suit up for Rebelle action?" Put that all together and "you'll be the sassiest warrior on duty," because, as we all know, sassiness is a high priority when you're shooting your friends in the face.
NERF says the Rebelle line is intended to connect with today's fashion-conscious and socially connected girls, citing recent teen film heroines like Katniss Everdeen as inspiration for the toys. This makes total sense, as those of you who have seen The Hunger Games no doubt remember the white-knuckle action sequence wherein Katniss pelts her adversaries with a sparkling purple compound bow.
Department Store Thinks Girls Want Money and Anorexia
Dillard's department store has the perfect gift for the special little girl on your list who isn't quite sure what to ask Santa for this year -- a shrine to hollow vanity:
Maybe the guy described as having a belly like a "bowl full of jelly" isn't the guy you want
to be advocating fat-shaming to.
Children don't really understand ironic self-hatred, yet this fanciful gift item was found in the girls' section of a Dillard's. Perhaps more confusing than the negative body image the sign encourages is the fact that somebody at the store thought there were children out there who would enjoy getting a sign for Christmas.
In fairness, a spokeswoman for Dillard's claimed that the sign was supposed to be in a different department (presumably the "things that your insufferable co-workers will buy for the office" department), where adults who enjoy terrible jokes and the comic strip Cathy do their shopping. But, for whatever reason, it was stocked right next to the dolls and stuffed animals. After the backlash, Dillard's went ahead and removed the sign entirely from all of their stores, presumably realizing that no one, regardless of age or gender, would be excited to unwrap that fucking thing on Christmas morning.
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For more playthings of the damned, check out 27 Famous Childhood Toys That Are Terrifying in Retrospect and 10 Old Toys That Made Sense in Their Era (and Nowhere Else).