“Like every girl and gay boy, I loved Barbie”
[guest post by Dana]
So says the creative director involved with the new Moschino Barbie doll. What’s causing all the ruckus isn’t the doll, it’s the ad for the doll – the ad which stars a young boy:
The ad for the limited-edition Moschino Barbie marks the first time a boy has starred in a campaign for the doll, appearing alongside an ethnically diverse line-up of little girls.
Fashions followers will notice the young boy in the video has been intentionally styled to resemble Moschino creative director Jeremy Scott, with a voluminous blond faux-hawk hairstyle matching the designer’s.
Scott has called Barbie a muse, telling Style.com: “Like every girl and gay boy, I loved Barbie.”
The ad is already resonating with other male Barbie fans. One of the top comments on Moschino Barbie’s YouTube video comes from RuPaul’s Drag Race star Pandora Boxx, who wrote: “This almost made me cry! I used to play with my sister’s Barbies and felt such shame afterward. I’m so glad we can just let kids be kids. Thank you for this! Boys like dolls too!”
“Busting gender stereotypes” by exploiting a young boy in order to make big bucks sort of says all you need to know about our current culture.