The truth that the primary photograph of Ryan Gosling as “Ken” from the upcoming “Barbie” movie was launched throughout Pride Month most likely wasn’t a coincidence since he appears to resemble a model of the doll that has turn into a homosexual icon.
Many individuals seen that Gosling’s denim vest and bleached blond hair made him the spitting picture of “Earring Magic Ken,” a model of Barbie’s greatest male good friend, launched in 1993.
“Earring Magic Ken” reportedly arrived at a time when Mattel executives have been trying to replace Ken’s picture and surveyed youngsters on what regarded cool to them.
Nonetheless, the doll apparently turned the bestselling model of Ken in Mattel historical past on the time because of its recognition with homosexual males.
That’s as a result of Earring Magic Ken wore his accent earring on the left earlobe, a lavender mesh shirt with an identical pleather vest, and, as Mel Magazine noted, a necklace that would probably double as a “cock ring.”
That specific style accent turned out to be significantly difficult for the Mattel PR one who needed to clarify it in a approach that was acceptable to folks unfamiliar with what was trendy within the homosexual neighborhood on the time.
Lisa McKendall, who was the supervisor of selling and communications of Mattel Toys, insisted to The Chicago Reader that her employer was “not within the enterprise of placing cock rings into the fingers of little ladies.”
She added: “It’s a necklace. It holds charms he can share with Barbie. C’mon, this can be a doll designed for little ladies, one thing like that may be fully inappropriate.”
Though many mothers purchased Earring Magic Ken for his or her children, it was additionally promoting properly within the homosexual neighborhood.
However In the Know reported that after the article made the cock ring connection, Mattel recalled the doll.
Nobody related with the Barbie film has explicitly related Gosling’s model to Earring Magic Ken, however many individuals on Twitter couldn’t assist however suppose it was intentional.