AS the feminist movie of the summer, Barbie has broken box office records.
But it has also broken hearts on social media with dozens of women telling their partners: ‘Don’t you understand the Barbie movie? So, they leave you.
The American family movie about a doll come to life, packed with gags and dazzling dance numbers, has become a benchmark for TikTok users to judge their match suitability.
Women are urged to ditch men who don’t understand the film’s messages about feminism and patriarchy.
The craze has been fueled by TikTok users who insist that going along with the feminist themes in the Barbie movie “should be standard in a relationship.”
The blockbuster has broken box office records, but according to TikTok users, it has also broken relationships.
One wrote: “Take your boyfriends to the Barbie movie and if they hate it, leave them.” Another said in a video that he liked her 800,000 times: “I think taking your boyfriend to Barbie should be your relationship test to decide if she’s a good long-term match.”
Another said: “I think it’s perfectly reasonable for women to break up with their boyfriends because of their (negative) reaction to the Barbie movie.”
One woman even called off their first date after the man refused to wear pink to the movie.
She told TikTok that they had to do a movie trip event by wearing pink outfits and posing for photos together.
He refused to cooperate and she canceled the date.
His confession on social media was met with adoration from other women who said: “If his masculinity is so fragile that he can’t wear pink when it’s important to you for just one night, you need a new man because he’s a boy.”
Others admit that the movie has determined how they see their partners.
One woman said on TikTok: “I feel like I’m the damned one for letting the Barbie movie affect my relationship and the way I view my boyfriend.” My friends have been telling me that I shouldn’t let it affect how I see my boyfriend because our relationship is really healthy.
A woman has reportedly called off her first date after a man refused to wear pink to see the hit movie.
Directed and written by Greta Gerwig, the film opened last month and grossed £612 million worldwide. She turned the world pink with a fashion trend called Barbiecore with blonde hair dye sales increasing 47 percent.
The movie’s message is that women can be whatever they want without settling for patriarchy.
The film is set in Barbieland, a colorful, female-focused utopia where Barbies hold positions of power, like the president, and men exist to serve them.
This paints a stark contrast to the “real world” that Margot Robbie enters, as Barbie, and discovers the tangled web of patriarchy and feminism.
Greta Gerwig’s Barbie reimagined allows girls in the real world to believe they can achieve whatever they want on their own terms.
The hit movie shares the message that women can be whatever they want without settling for the patriarchy.
What to tell your wife/partner/girlfriend when asked about your opinion of Barbie
By Daisy Buchanan, author of The Sisterhood
Men, a word of warning: if your partner has persuaded you to go pink and see Barbie, they’ll probably turn to you during the end credits and ask, ‘So…what did you think?’
This is not an innocent question. The future of their relationship hangs in the balance. My advice is to stick to the following script:
‘What did I think of the Barbie movie?’
I’m so glad you asked. She opened my eyes. She had no idea how much women suffer while men benefit from structural and endemic power imbalances. This movie made me think about freedom, the freedom that would result if everyone enjoyed true equality, not just the freedom to skate around in fluorescent jumpsuits.
“It is time for men to step aside, step back to truly support women and give them space to pursue their most ambitious goals. We’ll only get there if guys like me roll up our sleeves and empty the dishwasher.
‘But enough of that, after all, what does it matter what I think? I’ve had a lifetime of people asking my opinion. Clearly the only valid question now is: What do you think?’