The Cultural Significance of Barbie
Robbie explains how Barbie unpacks cultural issues in a substantive way, beyond just being commercially appealing.
I mean, look at Barbie, it’s sort of the perfect intersection of art and commerce because it is really, truly a personal story of a woman who had a very intimate and personal experience with Barbie that did something that is authentic and bold and is not afraid of speaking her mind and saying the things that she wants to say and doing those things. It has such a singular, strong point of view. And I think the movies that really work, especially in 2023, where there’s so much in the world, there’s so much noise, there’s so much television, there’s social media, there’s gaming, there are so many distractions, are movies that feel, as you would say, sticky and singular and different. And those are the movies that drive people to the box office that people want to see.
— Robbie Brenner