Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer and Greta Gerwig’s Barbie have become the biggest talk of the town. Clashing at the box office on July 21, both the films are performing extremely well. While Oppenheimer’s craze among Indian audiences is something unmatched, Barbie’s pace has not slowed down in any way. In fact, Barbie craze has gripped the masses so much that many are recreating Barbie-inspired looks, makeovers, and even going to theaters to watch the movie dressed in pink. Amidst all this, actress Lisa Ray criticized both millennials and Gen Z for their obsession with Barbie, despite being aware of the oppression of women depicted in the film.
Lisa Ray hits on Barbie
Taking to Twitter, Lisa Ray wrote a lengthy note calling out so-called “woke millennials” and “Gen Zers” for celebrating the Barbie movie, which she says has many flaws. “A real question to the awakened millennials and Gen Zers: How come you’re not only outraged about the Barbie movie — which is really a huge marketing push for an agent of female oppression disguised as a movie — but many of you also engage in Barbiecore and posting cute pictures in hot pink?” she tweeted.
A real question to the awakened millennials and Gen Zers: how come you’re not only not hyped for the Barbie movie — which is really a huge marketing push for an agent of female oppression disguised as a movie — but many of you are also into Barbiecore and posting sweets. ..
— Lisa Ray (@Lisaraniray) July 28, 2023
Lisa Ray in the Barbie trend
Lisa Ray added that even social media influencers who voice their opinions on sexism and social inequalities are also following the Barbie trend without a second thought. “How?! I see young influencers raising the alarm against social inequities and sexism and yet fervently celebrating a film that, however subversive, carries Barbie’s unwanted standards and their legacy to the next generation of girls. I can only think that marketing budgets have caught up to them. Please enlighten,” she wrote.
However, most of the Twitterati disagreed with Lisa Ray. While some asked her to watch the film again, others raised objections to the use of the word ‘wake up’. “Hey Lisa, the movie is the exact opposite of what you say,” read one comment. “I guess you missed the bus. The song I’m a barbie doll was precisely a song that caricatured gender stereotypes. I haven’t seen the movie, but I suggest you watch it again, with the idea that it’s all satire,” pointed out another.
Hey Lisa, the movie is the exact opposite of what you say.
(@janishm) July 28, 2023
I guess you missed the bus. The song I’m a barbie doll was precisely a song that caricatured gender stereotypes. I haven’t seen the movie, but I suggest you watch it again, with the idea that it’s all satire.
— Mathai Baker Fenn (@mathaifenn) July 29, 2023
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What is an “awakened” millennial?
Many millennials are reaching their 40s. Many youths start out as idealists and become pragmatic as they grow older.
So it’s very strange when Gen Xers or Boomers use wake in a dismissive way. Boomers were damn hippies when they were young.
— Ishrat Ghafoor Khan (@iGrouchoMarxist) July 28, 2023
Maybe Barbie isn’t for you, whatever the movement, maybe it’s not your cup of tea, it’s okay not to like the movie. But just because you don’t like it doesn’t mean you start asking others if they like the movie. Can you calm down.????? ??????#BarbieTheMovie
— ila (@ila_kashyap) July 28, 2023
Celebrities who hit on Barbies
Not just Lisa Ray, earlier TV actor Jay Bhanushali shared that he regretted watching Barbie with his daughter. Shahid Kapoor’s wife Mira Rajput, taking a cue from Barbie, also pointed out how Hollywood fails to pull off a song-and-dance sequence like Bollywood. Barbie stars Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling in the title roles.
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