Growing up I played with GI Joe, WWF action figures, watched Kung-Fu Saturday religiously. But I also didn’t have a problem playing with my sister and their Barbies. Even my younger brother had a doll. His name was My Buddy. And sure, my brother also joined in playing with Barbies. We were siblings, playing with each other’s toys wasn’t a big deal.
But a recent Barbie commercial has some people up in arms. The commercial features a little boy and with some super coiffed hair talking about the magnificence of his Moschino Barbie. Now some people have stereotypically categorized the little boy as ‘gay’ and says it’s just another way the world is forcing “all of this gay stuff” onto kids at an early age.
In a statement sent to BBC News, Mattel states:
“This video parodies iconic Barbie commercials from the 1980’s starring a young [Moschino creative director] Jeremy Scott look alike. The video celebrates how boys and girls alike play with Barbie—it’s all about self-expression, fashion, imagination and storytelling.” Those sentiments sum up our thoughts, as well. Just to be clear, Mattel is indeed responsible for the commercial, although Scott called the creative shots during the filming. In his own statement, Scott says, “When I dreamt up the concept for the Moschino Barbie fauxmercial, I felt it was natural to have a little boy representing for all the little boys like myself who played with Barbies growing up.”
Not to play naive, it’s a high priced fashion Barbie, and maybe the designer requested that the little boy act flamboyant. But the notion that people feel one little boy in a Barbie commercial is pushing a so-called gay agenda is problematic in itself.
A f–cking Barbie commercial isn’t going to make your child gay.
Seeing a gay couple on TV isn’t going to make your child gay.
Having a gay friend isn’t going to make your child gay.
If a little boy wants to play with a Barbie, hell, let him play with a Barbie. No one has ever said, “OH, I wonder if this fire truck will make my little girl gay”. See how ridiculous that sounds?
The only ridiculous thing about this whole commercial and doll is the fact that it costs $150. Puhleeze. You better run to Target and get a $19 Barbie and be content.
Clutchettes, what do you think about little boys playing with Barbies?