Don’t worry, Mattel came up with an awesome solution to the Becky Problem:
They just got rid of her. How awesome is that? In a world where disabled children are desperate for representation in media, Mattel decided that it was too hard to make Becky’s wheelchair fit in the kitchens, living rooms, and elevators of Barbie’s idilic world so they just got rid of her.
To show you just how damaging this kind of mindset is, let me introduce you to a doll company that actually cares about disabled children:
I’m sure a lot of you are already familiar with this video, but I want to point out two important moments of dialogue in it:
First off, I’m not crying, you’re crying. And second, this could have been a Mattel doll. Mattel could have had 20 solid years of making memories like this, but they chose not to because it was just too hard.
Frankly, I think leaving Becky and the Barbie Dream House as‐is would have been a better decision. The goal of the modern Barbie was to show girls what they could expect to encounter and accomplish in life: astronaut, teacher, doctor, photographer. By leaving Becky unable to so much as enter the Barbie Dream House, they would have given an entire generation of disabled girls a realistic expectation of the ableist bullshit they’d have to overcome in their adult lives.