Pop Star Shakira’s Sons Found Barbie Film ‘Emasculating’

Latino pop singer Shakira did not record her latest cultural take in an echo chamber. The 47-year-old Colombian was not a fan of the way the 2023 box office smash Barbie portrayed men.

In an Allure interview, she said: “I’m raising two boys. I want them to feel powerful too [while] respecting women. I like pop culture when it attempts to empower women without robbing men of their possibility to be men, to also protect and provide.”

The voice actress star of the animated film Zootopia expressed a refreshing point of view. She did not goose-step to the woke ideology required of celebrities to remain in “good standing” with the cancel mob.

Shakira’s remarks are a commonsense diamond in the dry, dusty rough of pop culture. Her belief that both men and women have equal yet different values to contribute to the world is sure to be met with leftist backlash: “We complement each other, and that complement should not be lost.”

The Greta Gerwig-produced film portrays a matriarchal society in which females — the Barbies —hold prestigious jobs while the male Ken characters spend their days on the beach. The Ken characters also seek the company of the Barbies, and their happiness is predicated on being with females. The Barbies, however, prefer spending time with other females and tend to rebuff the Kens.

The over-the-top misandry in Barbie was not lost to Shakira’s young boys, who “absolutely hated“ the film and found it “emasculating.”

Shakira is not the first artist to criticize the woke writing of female characters on screen. In an interview with the Telegraph, Emily Blunt, co-star of the hit horror film A Quiet Place, said: “It’s the worst thing ever when you open a script and read the words ‘strong female lead.’ That makes me roll my eyes—I’m already out.”

The overpowered female lead—sometimes called a “Mary Sue”— has become a toxic presence in film, television and comics. Disney has transformed the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises into female-dominated vehicles for woke messaging. The “strong female leads” are written to be masculine. Furthermore, female accomplishments in the plot of woke and feminist films usually involve the denigration of male characters.

This is a far cry from Shakira’s belief of “giving women all the tools and the trust that (they) can do it all” without losing their femininity.

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