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'Barbie is pretending to be inclusive and diverse'

5 April 2018 12:47 PM
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Sunday Times columnist and editor Pearl Boshomane Tsotetsi discusses whether Barbie is 'woke or just pretending'.

Lifestyle editor and columnist Sunday Times, Pearl Boshomane-Tsotetsi says her beef with Mattel's Barbie is that she is pretending to be inclusive and diverse.

If she wasn't pretending and was owning the fact that Barbie was traditionally blond, blue-eyed and thin and that she is not for everyone, she would be ok with it, she elaborates.

Boshomane-Tsotetsi shared these sentiments on The Eusebius McKaiser Show discussing a recent column she wrote entitled, 'Barbie is a white supremacist in woke clothing'.

She says the latest Barbie range is just selling itself as 'woke Barbie' and she has an issue with that as it's simply not true in her view.

She said Barbie's look is not accidental, as last month she turned 59 and when she came out, she looked the way a white woman in the west was portrayed circa 1950s.

She had that small waist, slight curves, she was in that full swimming costume, the come-hither eyes, the red lips, very sexy, the curls and she was a woman of her time. She lived to look pretty, the be seen but not heard vibe.

Pearl Boshomane-Tsotetsi, Lifestyle editor and columnist Sunday Times

She said Barbie was sexy, but evolved over time as the socio-politics of America changed, and started keeping up with the times. She said that look was normative and encouraged.

If you did not look like that, you should look like that. I can't speak for Ruth Handler, the woman who started Barbie, but I think she was supposed to be a woman of her time and she was supposed to be representative of that - and of course at the time nobody cared about women's rights.

Pearl Boshomane-Tsotetsi, Lifestyle editor and columnist Sunday Times

She said the reason she wrote the essay was there was a birthday party she attended for Barbie and she was curious to see what she was doing in 2018 and was suprised by the evolution of Barbie.

She is trying to pull a Vicki Momberg wearing cornrows in court. That's what I feel she is doing, it's so transparent.

Pearl Boshomane-Tsotetsi, Life style editor and Columnist Sunday Times

Listen below about this insightful interview about Barbie and whether she is woke or not:


5 April 2018 12:47 PM
Tags:
Race
Barbie dolls
inclusivity
woke

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