CBS- For the first time ever, a boy has been cast in a Barbie commercial.
The ad features a cute blond boy sporting a Mohawk, playing with a Moschino Barbie doll with a group of girls.
“Moschino Barbie is so fierce!” he says, before putting a bejeweled purse on his doll’s shoulder.
“It’s for you Moschino Barbie,” he says, and ends the ad with a wink while the camera lingers on his bright-eyed face in a close-up shot.
The ad is apt to fuel the fight for gender neutrality when it comes to toys and toy shopping.
Okay, let's clear one thing up. This commercial may have promoted gender neutrality, but it certainly didn't promote sexual preference neutrality, because that little boy is gay as shit. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but if that kid doesn't grow up to suck dick then he will never have an issue getting a job, because he's already the best heterosexual gay actor in the business. The gelled mohawk? The use of the word "fierce"? Holding a mini Barbie handbag between his index finger and his thumb with all of his other fingers out? The wink? I don't even care if all that was in the script, because that kid just made the role his own. That was the best gay performance since whatever Sean Hayes acted in last. I am not going to declare that a pre-pubescent kid is homosexual, but his parents should probably urge him to be. Sounds intrusive, but if they don't get him some rainbow sheets and remove his closet door then they are basically the parents that don't sign their 6'3 son up for youth basketball. He just fits the mold far too well.
And what, prey tell, kind of message does this send to young straight boys that want to play with Barbies? I am not saying there are a lot of those out there, but the ones that are certainly aren't going to feel more comfortable after seeing this. Isn't implying that you have to super feminine to play with Barbies just as bad as implying that you have to be female? Basically all this ad told me was that you shouldn't play with Barbies unless you're a huge fan on accessorizing and you talk with a super obnoxious intonation. Isn't that like only marketing footballs to boys and girls that wear baggy clothing? I thought "gender neutrality" was about making sure every kid felt comfortable being himself/herself, but if it's really just about accepting homosexuals that aren't old enough to know they are homosexuals then that's fine too. I would just like to know for future reference.