Lady Gaga: The Barbie Slayer

At a show in Ireland over the weekend, Lady Gaga killed a Barbie. She did it Ozzy Osbourne-style, by sticking it in her mouth and beheading it … and then rubbing it on her leather, studded crotch. Man, we wish we were there to see the execution ourselves! When my Barbies got destroyed as a kid, it was usually through some brother-related microwave hijinx. But Gaga always takes things to the next level!
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Ken Gets A Reality Show. Whitney Port Hosts?

“The City” is dunzo, but Whitney Port is moving onto bigger and better things. You know, like hosting an online reality series about … wait for it … Barbie‘s hunkahunka burnin’ love, Ken. The eight-episode series on Hulu.com will be called “Genuine Ken: The Search for the Great American Boyfriend” and features eight guys competing in challenges to see who’s the best “boyfriend for every occasion.” They must show off their Ken-like qualities by dazzling us with their fashion sense, romancing a lady, and—because this is Ken we are talking about—surfing. Yes, surfing. Presumably, Whitney is the lucky lady who gets to judge each of these Romeos on their boyfriend skillz; never mind that the real Ken broke up with Barbie around Valentine’s Day 2004. Minor detail, right? In my opinion, Heidi Montag would have been a much better human Barbie doll to find the perfect Ken. [Variety] Continue reading

TV Reporter Barbie Gets The Story In Pink

Oh, dear. The latest doll to emerge from the Barbie I Can Be … line is the News Anchor Doll, and we’re going to bet her pinker-than-pink ensemble is going to rankle some feminist ire. Apparently, if you’re a girl, and you want to be a TV journalist, you must wear pink. Ideally, a pink ruffled skirt, a sparkly pink blazer, and a pair of pink-and-black high heels. Granted, “news anchor” would suggest she’s supposed to sit behind a desk and talk to the camera, but that mic in her hand and video camera would suggest she’s doing reports from the field. As someone who sometimes dares to generate some journalism, I am going to have to say that if I wore this outfit, no one would tell me anything interesting. [TBD] Continue reading

Could Mattel’s Japanese Barbie And Ken Be Any More Stereotypical?

A geisha girl and a samurai warrior: these are the stereotypes Mattel used for Japanese Ken and Barbie dolls. Barbie is dressed as a geisha with lotus blossoms in her hair, a gold fan, and some gladiator heels which are badass-looking, but I’m thinking not particularly Japanese. Ken is dressed as a bare-chested samurai warrior with a small ponytail and a long sword. An ex-boyfriend who went to grad school in Japan called the Japanese Ken doll, quote, “pure Fu Manchu stereotype” — minus that nefarious mustache, of course. Surprise, surprise, Mattel has a long history of representing their Japanese Barbies as geishas. Continue reading