West Virginia Lawmaker to World: I Have Too Much Time on My Hands

The age old debate between conservatives, liberals, and libertarians often centers around this question: What is government’s role in society? While we all have our leanings, nuances, and even uncompromising tenets, one legislator in West Virginia has taken the debate out of the stratosphere. In a stunning affront to commerce, liberty, and good sense, he wants an all-out ban on … take a guess … guns, cigarettes, gambling? Nope, try Barbie.

Barbie could get an unwelcome present for her 50th birthday: outlawed in West Virginia.

A state lawmaker proposed a bill Tuesday to ban sales of the iconic Mattel doll and others like her.

The proposal from Democratic Delegate Jeff Eldridge said such toys influence girls to place too much importance on physical beauty, at the expense of their intellectual and emotional development.

"Basically, I introduced legislation because the Barbie doll, I think, gives emphasis on if you’re beautiful, you don’t have to be smart," Eldridge said.

A Mattel spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday. The Barbie doll officially turns 50 on March 9, and the toy maker has made big plans this year to mark the anniversary.

Barbie has had her foes over that half-century. Critics said the doll promotes materialism and an unnatural body image.

First up to testify in opposition: Ken.