Bratz

 
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The Bratz dolls have their own TV show. Beware.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

No adults to provide proper boundaries in this unreal world. The Bratz are poor role models -- their focus is fashion and appearance.

Violence

Boys threaten to "bash" each others' faces in. Girls punch each other when they fight.

Sex

Clothing is so skimpy that it's sexually suggestive.

Language

Name calling -- "You stupid moronic idiots!"

Consumerism

Obvious tie-in to Bratz dolls. It's all about clothing, cars, and consumerism. When a girl gets mugged she complains that she won't be able to go shopping.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this program is basically a commercial for the dolls that fill the shelves in the toy aisle. The Bratz dress in skimpy clothes, totter around in high heels, and wear too much makeup. They all have tiny waists and collagen-enhanced lips and focus almost exclusively on fashion and appearance. There are no adults to provide proper boundaries in this unreal world.

What's the story?

BRATZ is based on the Bratz doll line. The Bratz in the show are best friends who tell each other "I am so here for you!" and "Tell me what's wrong, Pretty Princess." They attend Stiles High School and work on a fashion magazine outside of school.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Bratz are the modern-day Barbie dolls whose vampy appearance has upset many parents seeking healthy role models for their daughters. Mind you, these dolls are marketed to tween girls, whose notions of womanhood are still being formed. But it gets worse. The TV show computer-animates these dolls, providing them with voice, a theme song, and a world where parents are absent and teens make all the rules. They wear so much makeup that they look like they loaded up on too many samples at the cosmetics counter.

In one episode, the Bratz are expected to put on a fashion show for their fashion class. The boys of the show contribute by singing a hip-hop song about hanging out and checking out "all the girls." The Bratz then triumphantly appear decked out in high boots and mini-skirts so skimpy that a faulty camera angle would make Janet Jackson's Super Bowl exposure seem innocent. Parents will absolutely want to screen this program to see if it's appropriate for their kids.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what fashion means. How much emphasis should be put on clothing? What's the difference between a healthy self image and an unhealthy obsession with appearance? Do the bodies of the Bratz girls look like the bodies of real girls?

TV details

Cast:Greg Ellis, Kaley Cuoco, Lacey Chabert
Network:Fox
Genre:Kids' Animation
Topics:Friendship, High school
TV rating:TV-Y7
Available on:Streaming

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Adult Written bynduns October 20, 2009
 

Quite possibly the most insulting show ever made

I can't believe 4kids would stoop so low. I mean, I know their anime dubs have been either okay or garbage, but at least their original shows and the American/Canadian shows they aired were good... sadly, this one doesn't fit that category. This show just insulted the intelligence of young girls. The Bratz are quite possibly the worst role models ever! All they care about his fashion and boys! I may not be a girl myself, but I've talked to enough girls to know that NOT ALL GIRLS ARE THIS FREAKING GIRLY!!!!! It was bad enough that they had to make a terrible movie based off of those stupid dolls, but this show is just as bad if not worse.
Parent Written byCommonSenseParent November 25, 2010
 

Overdramatic Adults Freak Out About Little Kid's Show

Little children don't see the Bratz dolls as "sexy," they just think that they are pretty dolls. All the people that try to criticize Bratz products aren't thinking from a little kid's point of view. If every human on earth was like these so-called adults, I have no faith for our species.
What other families should know
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Adult Written byDesiree12345 April 4, 2015
 

Bratz is so innocent!

I have heard for years how "sexual" the Bratz are. It's so stupid! Number one the Bratz franchise represents the MINORITIES of the world. I'm talking about people of Black, Latin, Asian, Arabic, and various other cultures all around the world. Number two this is a doll series that is in an animated form, so if you can find anything "sexual" about a doll or an animation I would suggest you do a whole lot of self examination, because you are most likely trying to put your unsure thoughts and project them to a franchise that is innocent so you won't look like a pervert. Number three compared to the reality show filth and trash out their Bratz is a welcomed alternative. They don't advocate boyfriend/girlfriend relationships, they have NO KISSING SCENES, and it's premise is about successful young women who are making their mark on the fashion industry in HIGH SCHOOL. Now, for some that want to sexualize the series because of their appearance I would simply say that their is nothing sexual about loving yourself and being encouraged to love yourself, because that's what the Bratz series does. This franchise encourages women of color, who cannot identify with Barbie at all. That their curves, full lips, and body shapes are beautiful. Anyone who has a problem with a positive body and cultural image for any young girl in the world, especially young women who are of other ethnicities then white need to do some soul searching and find their heart because it may have been misplaced along the way.
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