We are celebrating Barbie-in-a-Blender Day on July 27. The day was started by Freeculture.org to show their support for photographer and artist Tom Forsythe. This is also a day to raise awareness about the necessity of freedom of expression. The organization is now renamed ‘Students For a Free Culture.’ The day, which was first celebrated in 1997, is best spent by understanding the concepts of freedom of expression and why it is important. We can also take the name of the day literally and have some crazy fun on the occasion.
History of Barbie-in-a-Blender Day
Many of us have played with a Barbie doll at least once in our life. Barbie is one of the most famous toys in the world, and kids love toys. But the toys before Barbie lacked the imagination needed to capture the attention of kids. Ruth Handler, an American businesswoman, created the doll. She used a German doll called Bild Lilli as the inspiration for her creation. Mattel, Inc. then launched the Barbie doll in 1959.
Barbie was created to inspire young girls to achieve their dreams and to empower them. Barbie has donned several roles over the years. She has become an astronaut, president, engineer, zoologist, etc. In a short time, Barbie has become an influential and highly successful toy brand. Toys are also a subject matter of controversy and debate. Barbie’s shape is often bashed as it might influence young girls and result in less than healthy weight loss.
Tom Forsythe, a photographer, once published Barbie doll images near and inside a blender. His mission was to criticize consumer culture and the objectification of women through the photos. But the Mattel company filed a case against him for publishing the images, claiming copyright infringement. In 2004, Forsythe won the case and received $1.8 million in compensation. Barbie-in-a-Blender Day was then created to celebrate his efforts and to promote the importance of free artistic expression.
Barbie-in-a-Blender Day timeline
Mattel, Inc. introduces Barbie to the world.
Barbie goes to space and walks on the moon even before Neil and Buzz.
Europop group Aqua releases the hit song ‘Barbie Girl.’
Students For a Free Culture organize the first Barbie-in-a-Blender Day.
Barbie-in-a-Blender Day FAQs
Is Barbie owned by Disney?
Barbie belongs to Mattel. But there is a partnership between Disney and Mattel that does not include the film rights to the originals.
What's Barbie's full name?
Barbara Millicent Roberts.
Who introduced Barbie?
Barbie was introduced in 1959 by Mattel, Inc., a southern California toy company.
Barbie-in-a-Blender Day Activities
Buy a Barbie doll
Barbie dolls are a trendsetter in the doll market. Buy one and keep it in mint condition.
Watch a Barbie-in-a-Blender video
There are many videos online showing Barbies inside blenders. Watch a video and form your own conclusions.
Arrange your Barbie doll in different frames and scenes. Take photos and upload them to your social media to share with everyone.
5 Facts About Barbie That You Should Know
Barbie after Twiggy
Twiggy, a supermodel, became the first celebrity to have a Barbie made in her likeness.
The famous doll has been running for president in every election year since 1992.
Barbie’s full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts.
24 times more Barbie dolls are sold every year than new childbirths.
Saudi Arabia and Barbie
There is a ban in Saudi Arabia on Barbie dolls on the grounds of religious beliefs.
Why We Love Barbie-in-a-Blender Day
A universally loved toy
Barbie toys are timeless and there will always be people who will love them. Barbies captured the imagination of young girls and played a big role in inspiring thousands.
A day for the freedom of expression
Barbie-in-a-Blender Day stands for the freedom of artistic expression. We love any day that stands for freedom.
A versatile toy
This day can make people curious about Barbie and the complex history behind the toy. When more people research the toy and its history, the more it will raise awareness.
Barbie-in-a-Blender Day dates