Gerwig’s Barbie is breaking box office records by crossing the $1 Billion mark globally, but at the same time, it is the subject of a hub of controversies and a bubbling pot of conservatives. Elon Musk has joined the pot of Barbie conservatives by tweeting a mockery of the film, “If you take a shot every time Barbie says the word ‘Patriarchy,’ you will pass out before the movie ends.”
Musk’s response was in response to a Barbenheimer joke that compared Twitter to Barbie and his new social network moniker, X, to Oppenheimer. He is the most recent person to assert that the movie Barbie, directed by Greta Gerwig and starring Margot Robbie as the title character, is left-wing propaganda by the movie’s whopping $162 million domestically. Barbie follows the story of an archetypal Barbie who experiences an existential crisis and then takes up the journey to enter the real world.
Mattel authorities have kept the movie from being the subject of political turmoil. Mattel Films’ Executive producer has clearly stated that the film is “not a feminist movie.” In a Time interview, Robbie expressed amazement at such an assertion. She apparently asked, “Who said that? It’s not that it is, or it isn’t. It’s a movie. It’s a movie that’s got so much in it.”
Ben Shapiro, a conservative youtube bohemian has speculated a political agenda in Barbie. He made a forty-three-minute youtube video digging out the assumpted ‘political satires’ in the film. He said, “The basic sort of premise of the film, politically speaking, is that men and women are on two sides and they hate each other. And literally, the only way you can have a happy world is if the women ignore the men and the men ignore the women,” he eventually predicted that, “[Barbie is] absolutely going to fall off a cliff [at the box office] … repeat business is going to be nonexistent.”
For the New York Post, English broadcaster Piers Morgan penned an opinion piece about Barbie. He wrote, “If I made a movie mocking women as useless dunderheads, constantly attacking the matriarchy, and depicting all things feminist as toxic bulls–t, I wouldn’t just be canceled, I’d be executed … the movie achieves exactly what it wanted to achieve and that is to establish the matriarchy as the perfect antidote to the patriarchy when in fact it’s just the same concept that they asked us all to detest in the first place.”
Ted Cruz, the United States senator in his war against Barbie has accused the film of “kiss[ing] up to the Chinese communist party because they want to make money selling the movie in China.”
Despite the lengthy row of controversies and claims, Barbie is loved by the majority of people. Barbie is a rare critical and viewer hit for a title that isn’t a superhero movie or an addition to an existing film franchise, with a 90 percent approval rating from critics and an identical 90 percent approval rating from the general public on Rotten Tomatoes. Oppenheimer was dwarfed by Barbie this weekend, but the three-hour Christopher Nolan historical epic also performed well, earning $82 million.
The purpose of the film, according to President Barbie’s actor Issa Rae, who spoke with Time, is to depict a world without a single vision. She stated, “My worry was that it was going to feel too white feminist-y, but I think that it’s self-aware. Barbie Land is perfect, right? It represents perfection. So if perfection is just a bunch of white Barbies, I don’t know that anybody can get on board with that.”