It’s been a while since we first saw news of a Barbie doll, complete with hijab, modeled after Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad, who is now a sports ambassador for the U.S. State Department. The doll was unveiled (no pun intended) last November at Glamour’s Women of the Year Live Summit as the latest addition to Mattel’s “Shero” line. Get it? Female hero? Shero?

In any case, the doll is old news, but CNN is now on the case and really seems to be enamored with the thing. Here’s CNN’s new video:

CNN also published an opinion piece by Muhammad last week in which she explained what it means to be an American:

I love my country, but I don’t recognize it today. Not in the Supreme Court ruling upholding the travel ban. Not in a Supreme Court nominee potentially engineered to undo reproductive choice, access to health care and the Russia investigation. Not in the family separation and detention policy. Not in our move to initiate trade wars and rally against breastfeeding and the World Health Organization. Not in the abandonment of allies and basic decency in how we treat other humans.

Ouch — well, she certainly made herself clear how she feels about the current administration in that piece.

Here’s the thing: we don’t begrudge any woman who chooses voluntarily to wear a hijab, but CNN’s editorial stance has been kind of weird; last April the network did a feature on rap video by Mona Haydar and her crew “swaggin’ with her hijabis.”

Not everyone’s buying it — and we’re not talking about the doll.

Yeah, a CNN town hall or something would really go a long way toward explaining why the network is so hot for the hijab.


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