Barbie has been Rapunzel, Cinderella, a mermaid—and even one of the three musketeers. And now, finally, the fashion doll has joined the LGBTQI+ community.
That’s at least what Twitter seems to believe, after a viral tweet emerged about Mattel giving Barbie a girlfriend. The tweet showed her alongside her girlfriend, with both wearing shirts with the slogan ‘love wins’.
JUST LEARNED BARBIE HAS A GIRLFRIEND pic.twitter.com/xBZ6U2hdOL
— sarah ↯ awsten day!! (@kissevermore) January 11, 2021
However, Junkee reporter Merryana Salem discovered that the photo was the result of a 2017 collaboration between Mattel and blogger and designer Aimee Song. Song claims she is the ‘girlfriend’ in the promotional image. Barbie is said to be in the photo as an ally.
— Aimee [Ah-Mee] Song (@AIMEESONG) January 12, 2021
This didn’t stop Twitter from taking the re-emergence of the photo as a sign that Barbie has officially come out, with fans referring to her haircut in the photo and the portrayal of her female friendships as evidence.
In addition, while some referred to Barbie as a lesbian, many pointed out that she is, in fact, bisexual given her fondness for Ken (duh).
Could this be the start of a push for Barbie and Mattel to officially have the fashion doll join the LGBTQI+ community? We have our fingers and toes crossed at B&T.
B&T has contacted Mattel for comment.
ok l, i see you barbie with the iconic bisexual hair cut 💗💙💜 pic.twitter.com/Hflc0HKUk0
— Lindsey Meme Lord Mitchell (@LindsTMitchell) January 12, 2021
why is everyone automatically assuming barbie is a lesbian for having a gf? baby likes dudes also. she’s bi
— 🌸 bi rights (@sapphicbisexual) January 12, 2021
barbie got a gf before me i am not okay pic.twitter.com/8BDupitYMa
— mika // PNP BOBO (@carpiso_t) January 12, 2021
why are people surprised that barbie is gay as if this scene doesn't exist pic.twitter.com/t3XqPkXaqJ
— boobs (@Iebsianism) January 12, 2021
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