Mattel, the well-known manufacturer of Barbie, is considering accepting a proposal to create a toy line which would depict same-sex “wedding” dolls.
Nick Caprio and Matt Jacobi are a gay couple residing in Arizona, who have big plans to get “married” next May. In comments on Instagram and to ABC 15, the pair say that they wanted to get a special gift for Jacobi’s 8-year-old niece, who will also be acting as a flower girl in the spring “wedding”. Some may know Jacobi as a reality TV personality on E! And as a contributor to Instinct Magazine.
“We thought it would be special to give her something with a little meaning behind it,” Jacobi said in a post addressed to Mattel. “What a bummer you don’t make one with two grooms.” The pair’s solution to this dilemma was to purchase a Barbie wedding set in addition to an extra Ken doll, creating a package with a total of two grooms and two flower girls.
An article from Lifesite News reports that the post quickly grabbed the attention of Mattel, with a spokesperson confirming to Good Morning America that the company has extended an invitation to the men for a meeting which will give them an opportunity to discuss their pitch.
“Mattel has been wonderful and we are meeting with the head of Barbie design, their design team and marketing – either next Friday or the first week of January,” Jacobi mentioned to GMA. “Just sorting out travel details and schedules.”
There are various ongoing controversies surrounding pro-LGBT representation and messages that are being introduced to kids without the knowledge or consent of their parents. These can include cartoons, elementary schools, and even public libraries. Jacobi and Caprio, however, contended that homosexuality is something that is so prevalent today that the toymakers should not have doubts when it comes to exposing young kids to it.
“It’s going to come up in your family no matter what,” Caprio asserted. “As more same-sex couples are having kids, your kids are going to have kids in a class that have gay parents.” Jacobi stated that “love is love and it’s that simple.”
“Lefty types seem to have an obsession with molding the kiddos to do their bidding. It’s kind of disturbing, really,” Corey Stallings bemoaned at Louder with Crowder, while additionally taking aim at the couple’s notion of making a birthday gift for Jacobi’s niece that is centered around them.
“Way to make the gift all about yourself, chief. Maybe for Christmas I’ll follow suit and give everyone a stocking full of guitar strings, handgun ammo, and beef jerky,” Stallings wrote. “You know, things I like. I’ll top them all off with a picture of myself.”
If Mattel eventually makes the decision to create same-sex “wedding” Barbies, it wouldn’t be the famous doll line’s first step into pro-LGBT messaging. In 2017, one of Mattel’s official Barbie Instagram account posted a picture of a Barbie doll that was “proud to wear” a “Love Wins” t-shirt, displaying the slogan used since 2015 to celebrate the Supreme Court forcing all 50 states to recognize same-sex “marriages.”
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