Ken is an FOD*

I have two thoughts about the “Palm Beach Sugar Daddy Ken” doll.

  1. “Lookin’ for a sugar daddy?” REALLY? Nothing like teaching kids how NOT to be materialistic. Isn’t the concept of having a sugar daddy supposed to kind of be a negative thing? Women already have a reputation of being gold diggers, and putting out a “sugar daddy” doll just reinforces and encourages that. Barbie dolls have already encouraged enough negative stereotypes over the years. There’s the horrible body image that the doll helps promote. There’s the eurocentric beauty that’s promoted by having their dolls of color look EXACTLY like their white dolls, except with darker skin and hair. And there was the infamous “Teen Talk Barbie,” that said a variety of phrases when you pulled her string, including: “Math class is tough!”; “Will we ever have enough clothes?”; and “I love shopping!” I don’t care that Sugar Daddy Ken says that it was made with the “adult collector” in mind. They can claim all they want that it isn’t marketed to kids, but let’s face it: more children play with Barbie dolls than adults do. End of story.

  2. Ken’s heterosexuality has been in question before (Earring Magic Ken, anyone?), and THIS is not going to convince me that he’s not gay: “Sporting a dashing jacquard-patterned jacket with a light pink polo shirt and crisp white pants, this Ken Doll is ready for the Palm Beach social season, sunning by the pool, and a stroll with his furry little companion.” Jacquard print jacket? Light pink polo? Palm Beach? FURRY LITTLE COMPANION? It’s official, y’all: Ken is a big, fat ‘mo.
*FOD: Friend of Dorothy; slang term for a gay man.
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  1. Eve
    Posted October 30, 2009 at 2:33 am | Permalink

    If I didn't have the flu, I'd be laughing uproariously right now. Hilarious!

  2. tightlybound
    Posted October 30, 2009 at 2:46 am | Permalink

    haha, i'm gonna use that FOD thing, i hadn't heard of that before.

    Your right though, hes totally gay and they are absolutely sending the wrong message to kids!

  3. Another Suburban Mom
    Posted October 30, 2009 at 5:29 am | Permalink

    That is the single creepiest looking doll I ever saw. He just reminds me of Jeremy Irons as Calude Von Bulow.

  4. eva
    Posted October 30, 2009 at 10:43 am | Permalink

    "Suggar Daddy" is a bit of a wrong name, it's weird that they came up with that.
    I think it's a good thing that Ken doesn't always look like mr. Testosterone but it's a little unsettling to see what a difference there is between Ken and Action Man,who is a male barbie-sized doll marketed for boys. Action man has a lot more muscles and comes with weapons and such instead of "furry little companions". I think more action men need to put down their guns and pick up some furry little companions.

  5. Ms. Inconspicuous
    Posted October 30, 2009 at 12:53 pm | Permalink

    I was wondering when Anderson Cooper would get his own doll. ;)

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