Two years before this episode aired, Mattel released a talking Barbie doll that attracted similar controversy. The doll lamented that "Math class is tough," which the American Association of University Women thought was offensive. The president of the AAUW claimed the target audience were preteens at risk for losing confidence in science and math. The phrase was one of 270 total phrases the doll could speak. Four of the 270 were pulled at random and downloaded to the electronic storage of the doll during manufacturing.