The question isn’t whether Mattel’s Barbie doll is woke — that’s been established in a number of recent alterations to the doll as well as posts to the official Barbie Instagram account. The question is: Is she woke enough for progressive millennial parents?
— Fast Company (@FastCompany) December 12, 2017
Fast Company notes that Barbie’s “liberal stances have been particularly striking” in the Trump era. On the toy’s Instagram feed, the doll has been posed wearing marriage equality “Love Wins” T-shirts and “People Are People” T-shirts, protesting President Donald Trump’s immigration ban. And of course, Mattel recently introduced a hijab-wearing Barbie.
But is it enough to overcome Barbie’s image? Elizabeth Segran writes:
According to Pew Social Trends, millennials are more ethnically diverse, progressive, and tolerant than older generations. They are most likely to identify as liberal Democrats, which is perhaps why Mattel has been so comfortable having Barbie take anti-Trump stances. Now aged between 20 and 36, they are starting families and want to introduce their progressive values to their children.
So, is Barbie woke enough for millennial parents?
I wasn't answering your question, btw. I was just saying "no" to everything about this whole concept. Just … No. https://t.co/1uX8vRXGO7
— Caleb Howe (@CalebHowe) December 12, 2017
Why?? Why can't she just be a doll for little kids to play with?? https://t.co/NdmELHBVPr
— khaleesi (@kriskrossxoxo) December 12, 2017
In today's edition of "Beyond Parody". https://t.co/Qn6cMMMpuL
— Matt Bilinsky (@mattbilinsky) December 12, 2017
Because the doll that has given millions of young girls body insecurity over the last 50 years is now a progressive liberal icon… https://t.co/tinGIRQkHm
— Sam Roberts (@RealSamRoberts) December 12, 2017
Yeah, because a rich, skinny blonde white doll that has been promoting the same negative body images for the past 50 years is now somehow a liberal feminist icon… https://t.co/OadyrvKNHM
— Alex Joshua (@_alex_joshua) December 12, 2017
Barbie used to give girls body insecurity. Now she just makes you want to vomit with her annoying virtue signaling. https://t.co/2LawdddzLj
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) December 12, 2017
When they make an obese acne scarred Barbie, I'll know they are serious, till then… https://t.co/3pGG5QSr26
— Mr. Aye Dee (@MrAyeDee) December 12, 2017
Threw up in my mouth midway through https://t.co/rGv34DrG1s
— Jimmy (@jrichardlusk) December 12, 2017
This tweet just made me contemplate self lobotomy. https://t.co/xg1Gijut2g
— Brandon Morse (@TheBrandonMorse) December 12, 2017
OK, can we have the apocalypse already? Civilization's about done. https://t.co/93yMfwc3qU
— Mattphilbin (@Mattphilbin) December 12, 2017
i'm ready for the North Korean nukes https://t.co/R5gttj945J
— Ben McDonald (@Bmac0507) December 12, 2017
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