By the FBI's logic, the new "Video Girl Barbie" doll, which has a small working video camera in the toy's chest, has the potential to become the latest technology in child porn production. Never mind the fact that making child porn involves more than owning a camera and an action figure.
The agency sent out a memo earlier this week warning parents that the combination of video camera and Barbie would be too tempting for pervs who had, until then, been forced to buy Barbie dolls and video cameras in separate purchases.
KOMO News posted a portion of the FBI's warning memo here, which refers to the toy as a "possible child pornography production method."
Later, the FBI admits that there have been zero incidents involving anyone using the toy as such.
King County Sheriff's Sgt. John Urquhart weighed in on the matter also, telling KOMO:
"It's probably a great selling point for kids, but something that a child pornographer could convert to his nefarious activities."
That is, of course, assuming that his or her "nefarious activities" had somehow been hindered before the Barbie came along.
Interestingly, there have been no such memos issued for smart phones, laptops or the plethora of tiny spy cameras that are perfectly capable of discreetly recording images and available to anyone with a credit card.