How could anyone, in 2014, have thought this was acceptable?
"Acceptable"? Was the First Amendment declared null and void, while I was sleeping? What do you mean by "acceptable", mister thought-policeman?
If burning American flag, calling for killing of the sitting President, or publicly defecating on a police car is acceptable, having a book with a hare-brained bimbo as one of the characters certainly is too.
none of those things are acceptable either. 'legal' and 'acceptable' are not the same thing.
this is very clearly unacceptable. it was legal, but it was fucking terrible, and should be called out as such.
mattel has the right to produce terrible products, and everyone else has the right to mock and berate them for doing so. free speech runs both ways.