American Girl's Homeless Girl Doll Causes Stir

Posted on September 29, 2009

Gwen Homeless Girl Doll from American Girl

American Girl has launched a "homeless" doll named Gwen. Gwen comes with a paperback book about making friends. Gwen's story (which is actually told in the Chrissa doll's book) is that the father left the family and then the mother lost her job. The mother and daughter have to resort to sleeping in their car and living at a homeless shelter. In the end, the mother and daughter manage to get a new apartment. CBS News reports that the controversial doll has stirred up a debate. Some think the doll is a good "teaching tool" while critics think American Girl is profiting at the expense of homeless children.

There are a lot of Americans losing their homes this year because of the recession and the "homeless" tag could motivate young girls to think and ask questions. It can also be argued that the $95 may be better spent if it was donated to a charity that helps the homeless. CBS says American Girl is "disheartened" there has been confusion over the doll. They say the homeless doll was meant to offer "valuable lessons about life."

American Girl has a listing for Gwen here. The product page currently says nothing about Gwen being homeless.

Photo: American Girl
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