Sunday 25 June 2017

Fiona Ness: I know Barbie is just a vacuous clothes horse - but maybe she's perfect so little girls don't have to be

Barbie dolls have been controversial for the unrealistic expectations they put on girls. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News
Barbie dolls have been controversial for the unrealistic expectations they put on girls. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News

Fiona Ness

Poor old everyone's ultimate fantasy female, Barbie. What has traditionally been her most popular time of year has turned into just the worst time of the year (a cold coming she had of it, a poet might say) as this December she is again the focal point for all society's ills.

When it was announced earlier this month that US comedian Amy Schumer was to play Barbie in a new Hollywood film Schumer has co-written, the internet's little trolls got to work.

Schumer didn't look like Barbie. She was older, smaller, and fatter. Schuman hit back, saying she was proud of her body. She posted a picture on social media to prove it. The anti-body shaming elves mobilised in support.

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