Dad Blasts Toy Dolls 'Inappropriate' Outfits: 'What Are We Doing to Our Kids?'

A father's angry criticism of the outfits given to a series of popular toy dolls has prompted a major online debate over whether it is appropriate to expose young children to clothing of this kind.

The father, who posted his rebuke to TikTok under the handle official.patrick.johnson, condemned the choice of outfits given to a series of LOL Surprise! Dolls he bought for his daughter. The clip can be viewed here.

In the video, which has been viewed 10.9 million times, he begins by showing viewers a series of what he describes as "wholesome" Disney dolls based on characters from The Princess and The Frog and Frozen.

Johnson, who describes himself as a pastor on his profile, explains that his daughter asked him for "LOL dolls", to which he agreed. However, he says he became "upset" after seeing their attire.

Having discarded the Disney dolls he then proceeds to hold up one of the LOL Surprise! Dolls he purchased for his daughter.

The doll shown is wearing a fishnet bodysuit along with black shorts and a black cropped shirt.
"Look at these dolls they're giving our babies," Johnson says. "What is we doing? She thick with it and everything, she got pantyhose on."

The disgruntled dad goes on to explain that he thought it was "maybe just that one" that was dressed this way, as the LOL Surprise! Doll came as part of a pack of four.

However, to his evident dismay, all four of the toys were similarly dressed.

"What are we doing to our children y'all?" He is heard to lament as he shows another of the dolls to the camera.

Johnson tells his followers that he asked his daughter to "go get the clothes" that came with the set of dolls only for her to return with a metallic bodice designed to be placed over the toy's lingerie look.

"We got to be careful what we're giving our children," he says as the clip continues.

His anger continues on as he shows how an accompanying baby doll that came as part of the set has been decked out in similar clothing.

"What are we doing to our kids? You got to be careful what you bring around our kids," the worried father states again.

He goes on to explain that while his daughter "loves" the dolls, he is concerned and does not want her "thinking this is the way women dress."

"What's going on? Help me America," he pleads towards the end of the video. "What are we doing? Is this what we're doing?!"

The video captioned, "I can't believe I bought this for my daughter" and "Be careful about what you expose your children to," prompted a lot of discussion on TikTok, generating over 42,000 comments in the process with people divided on Johnson's stance.

Plenty appeared to agree with MudkipGames258 writing: "People said Bratz dolls were bad, the LOL Surprise! dolls are 100 times worse."

Wera6by, meanwhile, said the toys were "basically stripper dolls" while Topaz Malisha Harris commented "this gotta stop."

Creolediva162 added: "My baby just asked me for some of these dolls for her birthday! She will not be getting them though."

Others expressed concern about the dolls themselves rather than their choice of clothing.

Oracle, for example, said they were "Less concerned about the clothes and more concerned about the unreasonable body expectations of those dolls" while Citrine Centaur added: "Not everyone is a skinny Barbie."

There were some who defended the toys though, arguing that no one should be judged on their choice of clothing.

Katelyn Hoffman wrote: "It's literally just clothes, let's teach kids not to judge others based on what they have on but based on their character."

BLK Hibicus agreed: "It's just clothes. I see nothing wrong with it. If y'all don't like it, don't buy."

LOL Surprise Dolls have previously come in for criticism after parents discovered lingerie appears on at least one range of the toys when dipped in cold water.

In a similar story, Tuthills Newsagents in Ireland was forced to withdraw a doll set from sale over an "inappropriate dress" which was flagged by the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (ISPCC)

Newsweek has contacted the doll's manufacturer MGA Entertainment, Johnson and Prevent Child Abuse America for comment.

A set of LOL Surprise! dolls.
'L.O.L Surprise! Under Wraps' dolls on display at a 'Dream Toys' event in London, England back in November 2018 - a father has attacked the brand over the choice of outfits afforded to the dolls. Jack Taylor/Getty