Barbie's dirty secret: rainforest destruction

Article: Barbie's dirty secret: rainforest destruction

Think what you will about Greenpeace and their often aggressive brand of activism… they do know how to create clever, eye-catching campaigns around important environmental issues. Rainforest destruction is a big one for them (as well as most of us), and after tracing the pulp source of packaging for toys from brands like Mattel, Hasbro, Lego, and Disney back to Indonesian rainforests, they did what any responsible organization would: they broke the news to Barbie’s longtime companion Ken. You can see the fallout in the video above…

Designing Architect Barbie's Dream House

Article: Designing Architect Barbie's Dream House

The very modest first edition Dream House
The American Institute of Architecture (AIA) was actually pretty excited when the annual Barbie “I Can Be” contest (finally, and after much debate) selected architect as Barbie’s career for 2011. In fact, AIA is so excited about it they’ve already featured her in two events. The first was a talk led by a female architect for 7-9-year-old girls (Barbie’s main demographic) in order to introduce them to the idea of pursuing a career in architecture when they’re older (the girls were each given their very own Architect Barbie as a reminder). The second event is slightly, umm, dreamier – a competition for AIA members to design Barbie’s Dream House. As a former Dream House owner (Mine was a rickety plastic fold-out model for easy storage) I’m looking forward to what actual designers (sorry Mattel) come up with to accommodate Barbie’s fun, playful, entertaining-heavy lifestyle.

The Twisted Art of Mariel Clayton

Article: The Twisted Art of Mariel Clayton

Mariel Clayton is one f-ed up artist! And I mean that in all the best ways. Mariel is a photographer who specializes in photos of dolls. Now, that’s creepy just in and of itself. But when you add to that statement the fact that Clayton beheads, mutilates, and depicts graphic death scenes with the dolls…

Barbie, the architect

Article: Barbie, the architect

Every year Mattel hosts the “I Can Be” contest, in which various jobs befitting Barbie’s perky personality and skill set (I’ll bet she at least knows Quicken) are submitted online. Once the winning profession is chosen, Mattel dutifully releases a new Barbie accessorized with the tools of her trade . Ever since 2002 a group of architects and librarians have been campaigning for Mattel to add architect to Barbie’s long roster of other jobs, which include baby photographer, police officer, nurse, race car driver, astronaut and president of the United States. Architect actually won out in 2002, but Mattel refused to make the doll and a fierce battle has ensued ever since.

Mad Men Barbies

Article: Mad Men Barbies

Mattel is set to release four new Barbies ($75 each!) based on characters from Mad Men this coming July to coincide with the start of the show’s fourth season. There’s main character Don Drapper and his soulless wife Betty, company head Roger Sterling and his one-time mistress and office manager extraordinaire, Joan Holloway. While Mattel chose to leave out the “inappropriate,” sinful accessories like martinis, packs of Lucky Strike, and silk panties in suit pockets that are ever-present on the show, it’s still a bold choice for the company to celebrate such a debauched group of alcoholic adulterers. But then again, Barbie was created in 1959, right around the time Mad Men takes place — a time when women were expected to simply look pretty and shut up, make a nice home, and expect their husbands to cheat. So maybe this licensing agreement is not so bold, maybe it’s just eerily perfect.

Barbie just wants to have fun

Article: Barbie just wants to have fun

Barbie, long a brand that epitomizes wholesome, American values, has switched gears with the announcement of a new line of dolls in the likeness of 1980s pop music icons. Women, who were little girls during that decade of greed and outrageous fashion, assuredly will approve. Gay guys, who secretly worshipped both pop stars and Barbie dolls, will scream like little girls.

Kids Do The Darnedest Things!

Article: Kids Do The Darnedest Things!

What does a child simulating sex with naked Barbie and Ken dolls have to do with reading the daily paper? We’re not entirely sure, but this Danish commercial seems to be suggesting that both activities are an ordinary part of daily life. Based on our own life experiences, we couldn’t agree more.

Sporty in pink

Article: Sporty in pink

I’ve been known to play sports here and there. Tennis or croquet anyone? But I, like many gay men, shy away from typical bar games found to be popular at our straight friend’s watering holes. You know those games: darts, pool, and foosball. So leave it to the gloriously avant garde Parisian retailer Colette to…

Cassidy Loves Moby: Online Mini-series

Article: Cassidy Loves Moby: Online Mini-series

CASSIDY LOVES MOBY is a series of four short films starring Moby and a curvy plastic Barbie-type doll that falls in love with him at the Sundance Film Festival. The films were shot on location at Sundance ’08, where Moby appeared and performed with his band “The Little Death.”