Friday, 17 May 2013

Barbie gets BURNED!

For those of you who don't follow the news, here's an interesting titbit posted especially for your Friday-afternoon amusement. Yesterday, angry protestors crashed the opening of a life-sized version of Barbie's Malibu Dream House in Berlin. The pink estate, which is situated near the famous Alexanderplatz, spans over a massive 27 000 square feet and was erected in honour of Mattel's iconic doll. A member of the feminist group Femen displayed her hatred towards the Barbie enterprise by straddling a high-heeled shoe fountain, topless, whilst yielding a burning Barbie doll crucifix. Now that's what I call inventive! I don't really understand the purpose of flashing unsuspecting kiddy-winks (frequent protestors, could you maybe shed some light on the matter?), but I do agree that the Barbie brand endorses an unrealistic representation of females as a whole and, whether knowingly or not, young girls tend to strive towards this ideal. I know that I would've KILLED to go to a life-sized Barbie house as a kid, but maybe that's the problem. Anyway, whether you love or loathe Barbie, here are some pictures to make you smile. (Personally, I'm still wondering how the hell the protestor didn't fall face-first into the fountain!)


Member of feminist group Femen mounting the Barbie House fountain.


Member of Femen now inside said fountain while families (with prams???) stand and watch.


And she made it to the top! Her chest reads "Life in plastic is not fantastic".


More protestors including a man in a skirt (and wig) with a sign that reads "Do you like me now???"


Inside the Barbie house. The pink glow is pretty damn eerie.


And why, I hear you ask, is a fully-grown man standing inside a pink Barbie house with no children in tow? Your guess is as good as mine.