Thankfully, it seems Mattel has begun to lose in its never-ending campaign to silence those who would criticize their precious Barbie doll, that freakish, anorexic, highly sensitive plastic doll. The Danish pop band Aqua was the most recent target of Mattel's chilling legal assaults. The band's 1997 song "Barbie Girl" depicted the ubiquitous doll as a bimbo and a party girl.
I´m a Barbie girl, in a Barbie world
Life in plastic, it´s fantastic.
You can brush my hair, undress me everywhere.
Imagination, that is your creation.
Come on Barbie, let´s go party!
I´m a blond bimbo girl, in a fantasy world
Dress me up, make it tight, I´m your darling.
This is the second recent blow to Mattel's voracious legal team, who went after photographer Tom Forsythe last year. It seems Forsythe's cutting images of naked Barbies in blenders didn't sit well with Mattel. Too bad, said a court.
This all reminds me of the time Mattel came after The Body Shop for our doll Ruby, who became known as "the anti-Barbie." They sent us a cease-and-desist order saying that our generously proportioned plastic doll was making Barbie look bad. Well, duh; that was the point. Barbie is an unnatural creepy creature: if she were scaled to human size, she would be 7'2" with a 40" bust, a 22" waist and 36" hips. Come to think of it, maybe we should feel sorry for the poor thing.
Here's to artistic freedom and honest social criticism winning out over greedy corporate silliness. And here's a freebie product idea for the uptight people at Mattel: how about making the next Barbie accessory a sense of bloody humor?