Fashion Design Professor Waxes Philosophically On... Barbie?

August 18, 2004

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In a recent article it was announced that Mattel's Barbie is going to be getting a new boyfriend named Blaine. This article is hilarious because of how serious collectors are taking this change. They are concerned that the "break-up" of Barbie and Ken will send a bad message for children and are even questioning the sexuality of Ken.
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"'What if Ken is gay and coming out?' she says, pointing out the 1993 'Earring Magic Ken' doll, which gave him a pierced left ear and had him clad in a lavender mesh vest. That Ken doll became extremely popular in the gay community."

I think this is extremely funny that these adults are getting so involved in a child's toy. I grew up playing with Barbie dolls and in my play I would make Ken Barbie's boyfriend, father, neighbor or friend. Little girls change the characters around all of the time. Mattel is probably just looking for a new way to market these dolls. Anyone who has ever played with Barbie dolls should see this article. It is really amusing.

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