Scathing one-star reviews of hit film Barbie were turned into satirical movie posters.
Twitter user Aaron Gillies sift through negative reviews of the feminist blockbuster on the website Letterboxd and compiled them into posters mocking the outrage.
While the film resonated with some men, it also infuriated others for being alienated by its brazen attack on patriarchy and its uncompromising feminist message.
“A strange, dangerous, and perverted film,” read one of the one-star reviews embedded in a poster starring Margot Robbie as Barbie and Ryan Gosling as Ken.
“They won’t be happy until we’re all gay,” read another.
One-star reviews of the hit film Barbie were turned into satirical movie posters poking fun at the outrage surrounding the film. Pictured are Margot Robbie as Barbie and Ryan Gosling as Ken
Twitter user Aaron Gillies sift through negative reviews of the feminist blockbuster and compiled them into posters mocking the outrage
The one-star ratings were compiled on the Letterboxd website
Another mock poster commented on the film for posing a deadly threat to humanity and implied that “the feminist agenda will kill us all.”
The last of the four posters described the film as “a pink acid trip that leaves you feeling like you’re being slapped by a bunch of bewilderingly attractive people.”
One Twitter user said the synopsis actually made them want to see the film more often. “This one makes me want to check it out.” “Sounds great,” they wrote.
A number of high-profile reviews of the film from conservative figures have attacked the treatment of men, calling it “woke”.
Meanwhile, conservative pundit Ben Shapiro set fire to a Barbie doll a scathing 43-minute tirade against the film.
In a video uploaded to YouTube and now viewed nearly two million times, he called the film “angry feminist babble that alienates men from women” and “was specifically aimed at separating men from women.”
For his outburst, he was ridiculed online by people who joked “Barbie broke Ben Shapiro” and others who called his extreme reaction “pathetic”.
Singer Lily Allen praised the Barbie film
Ben Shapiro set fire to a Barbie doll during his 43-minute review of the film
Piers Morgan said in a New York Post column that Barbies in the film “check all sorts of boxes to signal virtues awakened.”
Likewise Piers Morgan in a column in the New York Post said that Barbies in the film “check all sorts of boxes to signal awakened virtues.”
Morgan described Shapiro’s analysis of the film as “a delightfully harrowing abolition of the film”.
In contrast, singer Lily Allen praised the Barbie film. “I saw Barbie and Oppenheimer this weekend and my conclusion is that Hiroshima might not have happened if Oppenheimer had been a woman,” she tweeted.
However, not all conservative figures agreed with the cynicism towards the film.
Fox News’ Tomi Lahren explained in one section that she didn’t understand why her “conservatives” were so upset about the film.
“It’s a little too outrageous,” she said.
“I’m all for waging the culture war and curbing some of the wakefulness shown in popular culture, but the feigned outrage about this film doesn’t look good and it’s also kind of annoying,” she added.
Fox News had actually attempted to boycott the film altogether.
Mattel, the toy company behind Barbie, has renewed its licensing deal with Warner Bros. The picture shows Margot Robbie as Barbie
Not all conservative figures felt the same way. Fox News’ Tomi Lahren (pictured) explained in part that she didn’t understand why her “conservatives” were so upset about Barbie
Christian website MovieGuide published a July 10 pre-review accusing Barbie of ignoring “family-friendly and biblical values” and “pushing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender character stories,” which Fox shared with the caption #BoycottBarbie.
Still, the film’s box office success appears to be holding up. Mattel, the toy company behind Barbie, has renewed its licensing deal with Warner Bros.
“Mattel is incredibly proud of our two-decade partnership with Warner Bros. to create products for fans featuring their favorite Warner Bros. characters and storylines,” said Nick Karamanos, Mattel’s senior vice president of entertainment partnerships, in a statement Tuesday.
The film took first place at the box office that weekend and grossed a whopping $155 million in tickets in North American theaters at 4,243 locations, making it the biggest opening of the year.
It also broke the first weekend record for a film directed by a woman.