Apparently hoping that parents will forget the original lyrics to Aqua's stupid bang-you-over-the-head with sexual innuendo 90s hit "Barbie Girl," Mattel has released an "official" Barbie video for 2009, featuring a revamped version of the tune. It's...interesting.
If anything, the "Barbie Fashionista" line shows that Barbie is just picking up where her slutty cousins, the Bratz, left off. The Barbie I grew up with had many flaws, but she also had other talents besides being a dumb girlfriend to Ken who thought about nothing but clothes and being a star. If we're going to have a line of dolls dedicated to fashion, could we at least incorporate actual design? The Barbie Sewing Studio, perhaps? There's nothing wrong with being a "fashionista," if there's a bit of substance behind it, but can we please, for the love of Jem, just leave this stupid era of "Hey girls, check it out! You can be famous!" behind? Barbie's slogan when I was growing up was "we girls can do anything, right, Barbie?" It would be nice if the dolls could answer with something besides a stupid dance ripped from a song based on being dominated by a man. Come on, Barbie, indeed.
Barbie Fashionista Dolls Star In Do The Barbie Music Video Premiere [Examiner]
Mattel Sues Aqua Over Barbie [Rolling Stone]
Ken Is A Hipster [Buzzfeed]