Barbie, a lesbian?
August 26, 2006, 3:39 pm
Filed under: gay and lesbian


The El Segundo toy manufacturer Mattel is reportedly threatening to sue Brazilian artist Karin Schwarz for portraying Barbie as a lesbian.

Mattel has given the artist 24 hours to close down the exhibiton or they say they will take legal action.

But Schwarz says she will NOT back down, saying it is actually Mattel who exploits Barbie, making her a hoochie momma of a role model for young girls. “Barbie is exploited by Mattel. She wears a bikini, she shows off her belly, has big breasts, and even has a boyfriend,” she said.

A Mattel spokesperson said: “Barbie is a very proper lady and she is not happy about being portraited as something that she isn’t… We are going to sue and we hope that this teaches people a lesson. Also, Barbie is 46 years old, she should be respected!”

Which of course is surprising consider that Barbie doesn’t look a day over her hypothetical age of 25, even if she was created 46 years ago.

Personally, I think Mattel should respect the fact that Barbie’s story belongs to the consumer not the manufacturer. And rather than act like a corporate asshold and go around sueing small time art exhibits, Mattel should focus on making Barbie more palpable a role model for the 21 Century.

The exhibition, entitled Amazing Girls, is on show at a bar in the city of Curitiba.


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