This week the internet is celebrating one monumental moment and that’s Barbie having a girlfriend! We all grew up knowing that Barbie’s partner was Ken, but based on pictures circulating online, the famous doll now has another partner. Here are some of the most heartwarming and funny reactions to Barbie’s girlfriend:
What is happening?
It all started when these photos of Barbie and another girl wearing “Love Wins” statement t-shirts started making their rounds on the internet.
BARBIE HAS A GIRLFRIEND
I REPEAT BARBIE HAS A GIRLFRIEND pic.twitter.com/akkcqNn3Ju
— cassi🌙 (@cassismoonlight) January 12, 2021
What about Ken?
barbie and ken breaking up and then barbie getting a girlfriend is the greatest plot twist of all time💀 pic.twitter.com/KuFWLVBsmO
— emily🏳️🌈(she/they) (@__EmilylimE__) January 12, 2021
In case you didn’t know, Barbie and Ken have been on and off for quite some time. (With so many careers between Barbie and Ken, can you blame them?) They last broke up on February 14, 2004 (yes, Valentine’s Day), and got back together exactly seven years later in 2011. To our best knowledge, the two have been together since then, but since this news broke out, we’re questioning everything we know about the world.
Okay, but are we really surprised that Barbie has a girlfriend?
— tired poppet🕷 (@bottomraelle) January 11, 2021
Barbie movies made it seem quite obvious tbh…..
How all of us are feeling right now
BIIIIIIIITCH BARBIE HAS A GIRLFRIEND???? SHUT THE FRONT DOOR THAT’S CUTE AF 😭😭😭😭 pic.twitter.com/JDG8BIaJDv
— NeonBrownnn (@wouldyouAMorFMM) January 12, 2021
Love indeed wins. If Barbie really had a girlfriend, this milestone would not only be for the LGBTQ community, but also for this generation.
Maybe Ken can have a boyfriend too?
Y’all gave Barbie her girlfriend now give my homie Ken his boyfriend pic.twitter.com/uRhAEt72Z6
— kim (@kimpetrasmyicon) January 12, 2021
Now let’s not let Ken be alone right? Hoping for Manttel to introduce Ken’s boyfriend next?
The best news of 2021 so far
Mattel announcing that Barbie has a Girlfriend, and that she’s part of the LGBT community is 100% the energy I needed in 2021 pic.twitter.com/gh1DQHay6P
— Scott Smajor (@Smajor1995) January 12, 2021
Barbie finally teaching close-minded people that love wins is the best news we’ve received in a while!
REALITY CHECK: Is the girl in the photo really her girlfriend?
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These photos, initially released in 2017, were part of Mattel’s Love Wins campaign in 2017. Apparently, Barbie’s “girlfriend” is the doll version of author, interior designer, and fashion blogger Aimee Song! The t-shirts the dolls are wearing are actually miniature versions of the shirts that Aimee was selling for charity.
So does that mean that Barbie isn’t queer?
When asked by The Guardian, Mattel didn’t comment on Barbie’s sexuality, but simply said that Barbie was an “inclusive brand that celebrates diversity, kindness, and acceptance.” Though they might’ve meant that Barbie is simply an ally, Barbie is a doll — she can be anything you want her to be, and that’s that.
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