It’s time for another Barbie Brouhaha
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Definition of BROUHAHA
: hubbub, uproar
Yes, I know my Midwestern roots are showing. When I was growing up, this was a term used whenever someone was causing an unnecessary fuss and it would appear a “fuss” is being kicked up over the new Blond’s Blond Diamond Barbie I blogged about a few weeks ago ( see https://insidethefashiondollstudio.com/2012/08/03/the-blonds-blond-diamond-barbie/). Apparently the Daily Mail in the UK is taking exception to the new Barbie and labeling her “Drag Queen Barbie” ( see http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2189428/Introducing-drag-queen-Barbie-Mattel-models-latest-doll-cross-dressing-designer-fashion-label-The-Blonds.html). The article seems to be aiming its ire at the doll’s designers one of which dresses in woman’s clothing from time to time ( and looks stunning by the way). I find it interesting that a UK tabloid would take exception to this. I mean come on…here is the country that has given us some of the biggest Queens of this century….Elton John, Boy George and George Michael. I also found it funny that they seem to make the assumption that applied eyelashes means “Drag Queen”. Hate to tell you Daily Mail but most of the women in L.A. and half of NYC would heartily disagree with you. Who is writing this crap? Normally I am not bothered by this. I mean it makes the rounds on blogs as link bait and that’s about it but ABC picked it up and called her “Drag Queen Barbie” so I had to make a comment. For crying out loud ABC people! Is the Daily Mail really your trusted source for content now? Unfortunately some people give absolute credence to a news outlet and its content. Now it is becoming a Barbie Brouhaha with a possible Barbie Backlash. Some are concerned that this will cause Mattel to pull the doll. Personally, I think it will turn this doll into yet another “Barbie commodity” and this one will fly off the shelves just like Toki Doki Barbie. They say any publicity is good publicity. I guess we will see on this one but Mattel may end up thanking the Daily Mail for their backhanded product endorsement.
**Photo is property of Mattel, Inc.**
Am I buying this lovely lady? H*ll yes..every eyelash-flaunting, stiletto-wearing blond and bedazzled inch of her. Put that in your offensive little tabloid pipe and smoke it Daily Mail.
Rebecca rant over.
I’ll be buying it too.
The blog DListed mentioned the doll approvingly today.
August 18, 2012 at 1:41 pm
You go Mathew….exercise that consumer right . I will check out DListed to help patch over the nasty taste of the Daily Mail article 🙂
August 19, 2012 at 9:28 am
Must be a slow “news” day at the Daily Mail, LOL. I have to assume that the writer of the article never saw a Beauty Pageant or a red carpet event in Hollywood in his/her life. To the best of my knowledge false eye-lash wearing, big haired, sparkly contestants in Miss America, Miss World, etc. are actual women. LauraLA
August 18, 2012 at 3:12 pm
LOL! Exactly…I mean come on…one look at Toddlers and Tiaras and the DM writer may go into shock…I know I was ( fake eyelashes and fake fingernails on a 4 year old??!! someone get me my smelling salts….but I digress). I am enjoying the dialogue coming out of this article and I guess that is the positive.
August 19, 2012 at 9:32 am
Haha – the Daily Mail presents itself “newspaper” but has a transparent right-wing bias and likes nothing than to create a scandal where there was none, particularly if it can involve a big name – and no one comes bigger than Barbie. (Also if it enables them to take a swipe at gay or transgendered people then all the better in its editorial eyes!) I regularly look at the Daily Mail website but that’s because I like to have my hackles raised at least once a day. Diamond Barbie is nothing short of gorgeous and no idiotic story by a scandal sheet is going to wreck her chances to shine!!
August 18, 2012 at 3:20 pm
Here, here Ian! Thank you for the info on the Daily Mail. I had never read it before so I am glad to hear that people really don’t give it much credence ( except for ABC…cancelling my subscription to their news feed now ). Diamond Barbie will indeed, I believe, get her chance to shine. 🙂
August 19, 2012 at 9:35 am
Daily Mail is a trash newspaper, so it was only natural they’d post something like this. She does have a drag queen aesthetic though. As do all pageant contestants mind you.
August 19, 2012 at 2:41 am
I guess I just don’t get the drag queen aesthetic in this one. Yes, she is leaning towards the dramatic but then I always go for the more dramatic. Either way, she is fabulous in my opinion. Thank you for the information on the Daily Mail. As I stated above, I had never read or seen it before so it’s good to hear that it is deemed a trashy tabloid and will be viewed as such.
August 19, 2012 at 9:38 am
I left my comment on the DM site but I’m guessing it wont get published LOL… This is what I said…..
I love her and wanted to get her but if she goes Toki Doki or Sugar Daddy a LOT of doll collectors (me) will be not be able to get her! *sigh*
August 19, 2012 at 2:41 am
Oops did not realise I could not past? Oh, well never mind! LOL
August 19, 2012 at 2:43 am
Heeheh drat that wordpress and their rules. No worries. I am sure you let them have it in your comment Susannah. You have always represented yourself as a true Barbie advocate.
August 19, 2012 at 9:45 am
Thank you so much for the comment Susannah! I appreciated getting a comment from someone in the UK ( you live in the UK right? ). She is priced above that of Toki Doki so perhaps the sellout ..if it even happens….will take longer than her. 🙂 Love your blog by the way and your diorama expertise is AMAZING!
August 19, 2012 at 9:44 am
You go, Girl !!!!!!!
August 19, 2012 at 6:02 am
Awww Peter. I just felt like you have me a big hug. You are always the encourager and I just love that about you.
August 19, 2012 at 9:46 am
Hello from Spain: This Barbie is very pretty. She does not look like a drag queen. They are right that this is very tabloid newspaper. Anyway this publicity will raise the price of this model Barbie. Thanks for reporting. Keep in touch
August 21, 2012 at 11:10 am
Glad you enjoyed the post Marta! The more people that support this one, the less likely Mattel will be to cancel production. 🙂
August 23, 2012 at 8:01 am
I posted someting on the Daily Mail site also – said “Thanks for posting this comment – you just increased the value of my doll that I just ordered!!!” No way does she look like a drag queen. I ordered her a few days ago, and with my reward and the $20 off for the current sale, it’s quite the deal!! I am hoping that dress comes off though, if not, I might have to swap heads because that particular face sculpt is my least favorite.
August 21, 2012 at 2:25 pm
You go girl!! I believe I read that the dress will not be removable but as you say…you can always switch out the head. 🙂
August 23, 2012 at 8:00 am
I can’t believe how bad rumors and misinformed “news” can spread so quickly through the internet. I read your post and that only made me go and buy this beautiful doll that I had already put my eye into. Hours later a member of my family found this http://es-us.noticias.yahoo.com/video/lanzar-n-una-barbie-drag-170646107.html it’s in spanish so I don’t know if many people will understand but it basically says the same as Daily Mail and ABC. I hope this fuss only causes a Toki Doki effect and not that Mattel stops production since she is such a lovely and elegant lady, that I must have her in my collection. 🙂
August 24, 2012 at 12:25 pm