It was bound to happen. Nickelodeon couldn’t help themselves. Dora the Explorer couldn’t remain a child forever. Never mind that she’s a computer-animated drawing that doesn’t age. Dora just had to grow up.
So there she is as a teen, voiced by Fatima Ptacek.
Ptacek, also a blossoming young lady, is into the typical things a girl her age likes — boys, make-up, yoga pants, and of course, vaping. Because that’s what the cool kids do.
It’s the latter predilection that got Dora the Explorer into trouble. Ptacek, 15, was caught in the New York private school bathroom of Avenues The World School, and later suspended for three days, thanks to the caramel-flavored water vaporizer she was huffing. The girl without the notoriety and fame, who later succumbed to that pubescent encumbrance, was suspended indefinitely because who cares about the common people?
And then, Dora forgot she was an explorer and went full-on Bill Clinton for some reason.
“At first, we didn’t know how to turn it on, but then we figured it out,” Ptacek said. “We both sucked in from the vaporizer, but I was a little scared, so I didn’t inhale into my lungs but kept it in my mouth.”
According to the New York Daily News, the parents — Nadia Leonelli and Fredrik Sundwall — have spent more than $10,000 in legal fees and have accused the hoity-toity school of an “inappropriate decision” in expelling their daughter.
They are also waiting on a refund. Apparently, they haven’t been reimbursed for any of the $40,000 tuition even though their daughter was let go from Avenues only a few months into the school year.
All this for caramel-flavored vape water? Yum, yum, yum, yum, yum! Delicioso!