Barbie condemned after releasing 'inclusive' Tokyo Olympics collection without visible Asian representation

    Barbie's collection dedicated to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games has come under criticism from social media for its lack of Asian representation.

    (CNN)America's most popular fashion doll Barbie has received widespread criticism on social media for not featuring an Asian Barbie in their collection dedicated to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

    Mattel, the toy company that manufactures Barbie dolls, collaborated with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Tokyo 2020 organizers to release a new line of dolls in February 2020 specially designed for the Games.
    The collection includes five dolls that reflect the five new sports that had been added to the Olympic program this year -- baseball/softball, sport climbing, karate, skateboarding and surfing.
      Mattel did not immediately respond to CNN's request for comment, but in a statement reported by NBC, the company said that "our intention to represent the Asian community with the Skateboarder doll fell short and we fully receive and recognize the feedback."
        "Moving forward, we will work to find more ways to champion all representation and celebrate the amazing achievements of all Olympic athletes, who are showing us that anything is possible," added a Mattel spokesperson.
        Mattel worked with the IOC and Tokyo 2020 organizers to design dolls reflecting the new sports in the Olympic program.
        The absence of an Asian Barbie during its repromotion last month was quickly noted by many.
        People took to social media platforms, including Twitter and Instagram, to express disappointment in Mattel for their excluding an Asian doll, regardless of whether it was accidental or intentional.
          "I won't be buying Barbie dolls for my two girls. No representation whatsoever," Michigan Macomb County Commissioner Mai Xiong, who immigrated to the United States as a Hmong refugee at the age of three, tweeted.
          Numerous users also questioned how Mattel could allegedly forget to include a visibly Asian Barbie with the Games being hosted in Tokyo -- a widely recognized Asian city -- and with several Asian American Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) making headlines after winning medals for Team USA, including Sunisa Lee, the first Hmong-American to compete for the US, who made history as the first Asian -- of any nationality -- to win gold in the gymnastics individual all-around.
          Users on social media have questioned why Mattel has not included an Asian doll given the prominence of AAPI athletes and the location of the Tokyo Games.