I sent this to Unique Industries on 8/24/2011:
Dear Unique Industries,
Last week, I was in a park with my kids, playing frisbee golf. In the distance, I saw something that I'll never forget. I saw a group of kids and a grown up. The grown-up appeared to be tying a little girl to a tree. I wondered, what sort of twisted party is that? Then, blindfolded kids started swinging at the little girl.
I called the police, who quickly responded and arrived. As it turns out, the little girl was a Dora Pinata, and the man hanging the pinata was my boss. He was having a birthday party for his daughter.
So now my boss is upset with me. He's got me working 14 hour days, and Saturdays. I'm the laughing stock in my office, and I blame you.
Seriously? An object shaped like a little hispanic girl that people can hang from a treat and beat until the stuff on the inside is on the outside? Is that really a good idea? Is that sending a good message? Hang a girl. Hang a minority. Hit a girl. Hit a minority. Stop beating it when the candy comes out.
On some level, this seems horribly wrong. Are you sending the right message here? Lining up kids with a baseball bat to hit a minority? Why can't it be an abstract shape with a picture of Dora's face on it? Why couldn't it be a ball shape, or a cube shape, or a conical shape? Why a little girl? Isn't there enough hatred in the world without one more Dora pinata?