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Come on Barbie, let’s go party!
That’s what New Yorkers have been exclaiming since May of last year, when word broke that the influential yet illusive doll-faced beauty was eyeing New York as her next destination.
Rants and Raves
In honor of the one-year anniversary of the Mars Curiosity mission, Mattel is introducing a special-edition “Mars Explorer” Barbie, designed in cooperation with NASA and part of the company’s “I Can Be” line.
Don’t fret, though, traditionalists–her hair’s still flawless and her outfit’s still covered in pink flourishes. Wouldn’t want little girls getting too crazy, now would we?
On Thursday, University of Maryland student Rebecca Martinson, a member of the Delta Gamma Sorority, achieved a level of Internet infamy after a private letter she had sent to her sisters was circulated around the campus and eventually sent to Gawker. Some were quick to call Ms. Martinson “psycho” and refer to her email as “insane” due to its rambling, incoherent and frankly confusingly venemous content (as far as we can tell, this was sent because some sisters were “being fucking WEIRD at sports”); ironically, it would take a sorority member or at least someone in a mean girl’s high school clique to truly appreciate the quick and effective destruction of a life with just one click of a forward button.
But we’re not here to pass judgement on Ms. Martinson or her colleagues. We’re here to watch two dramatic readings of the email: the first by Boardwalk Empire‘s Michael Shannon– which truly does bring to mind the actor’s role as a hallucinating schizophrenic in Bug–and the latter by a Barbie doll.
Last week, we reported on Harlem mother Karen Braithwaite’s request for Mattel to produce more black Barbie supplies so that her daughter, Georgia, could celebrate her fifth birthday.
Ms. Braithwaite organized a petition, spoke to several news outlets and delivered one hell of a PR storm to Mattel’s front door.
She now claims Read More
Fashion Week Observed
Georgia Braithwaite wanted to have a black Barbie-themed party for her fifth birthday. A pretty reasonable request if you ask us, considering the real-life Barbie Dream Houses that some of her fellow toddlers have been receiving lately.
But when her mother Karen Braithwaite went hunting for party supplies, she came up empty-handed. Although Read More
After last night, The New York Observer can confidentially say it has gone where no man has gone before: Barbie’s Dream Closet.
Wow, who knew that Mattel had so much sway over the way young girl’s think? Well, besides the fact that its best-selling Barbie doll sets young girls up for a lifetime of unrealistic beauty standards and causing bulimia, anorexia, and terrible peroxide treatments?
No, the real concern is that the latest Barbie is a “tokidoki doll”- created by Simone Legno, the man also behind a similarly-named Italian/Japanese fashion line – and that she is about to convince your kids that tattoos and trashy, vaguely-racist lifestyles are cool! Time for CBS to take this monstrosity to the streets to warn the parents!”