A Roman Catholic school in Wisconsin has banned an American Girl fashion show due to parent company Mattel’s involvement with Girls inc. (formerly Girls Scouts of America) The basis for the ban is that Girls inc. allows members who identify themselves as lesbian to partake in the organizations activities. The church and conservative groups contend that Girls inc. and American Girl supports and promotes lesbians and abortion.
Money raised would have gone to a new playground and refurbished library had the show gone on and the ticket sales went through. American Girl told Forbes that some groups “have chosen to misconstrue American Girl’s purely altruistic efforts.”
Frank Malloy, a pastor with the church said, “It’s a bargain we’ll just have to pass up.”