Sports Illustrated Barbie

  • Aired:  03/03/14
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Barbie graces the cover of Sports Illustrated's swimsuit issue, leading critics to accuse the magazine of sexualizing a children's toy. (3:49)

>> THANK YOU SO MUCH,WELCOME BACK.

NATION, IF YOU CHECK YOURCALENDARS THEN YOU'LL KNOW

THAT MARCH IS WOMEN'SHISTORY MONTH.

AND THERE IS NO GREATEREXAMPLE IN HOW FAR WOMEN

HAVE COME.

THE ANNUAL "SPORTSILLUSTRATED" SWIMSUIT ISSUE.

SWIMSUIT ISSUE HAS LONG BEENA BASTION OF CIVIL RIGHTS

FROM THE OCCASIONAL BLACKMODEL TOLD THAT ONE GIRL WHO

WAS UNDER 5'10.

AND THIS YEAR THEY HAVEACHIEVED A NEW MILESTONE.

>> BARBIE IS POSING FORSPORTS ILLUSTRATE'S 50th

SWIMSUIT ISSUE.

>> THE MAGAZINE CRAFTED APROMO CAMPAIGN AROUND THE

ICONIC DOLL.

>> INSIDE THE MAGAZINE TOPSWIMSUIT MODELS AND BARBIE

DOLLS STRIKE A POSE.

>> Stephen: FOLKS THIS ISTHE PERFECT THING FOR ANY

MAN WHOEVER PICKED UP ASWIMSUIT ISSUE AND SAID I

WISH IT WOULD FEATURE MORETHINGS THAT REMIND ME OF MY

DAUGHTER.

BUT SADLY THERE ARE HATERSOUT THERE WHO WANT TO CRUSH

BARBIE'S MALIBU DREAMHOUSE.

>> A BARBIE DOLL DOESN'THAVE A PLACE IN A MEN'S

MAGAZINE.

IN A MEN'S MAGAZINE THAT ISDEDICATED TO SEXUALIZING

WOMEN.

>> HAVING BARBIE, A LITTLEGIRL'S TOY ON THE FRONT

COVER ONLY SERVES TO FURTHERSEXUALIZATION OF GIRLS

AND OBJECTIFICATION OF WOMEN.

>> Stephen: NO, THIS IS THEEXACT OPPOSITE OF THE

OBJECTIFICATION OF WOMEN. IT'STHE

WOMENIFICATION OF OBJECT.

BUT FOLKS-- I DON'T HAVE TOSIT HERE AND DEFEND BARBIE.

BECAUSE BARBIE CAN DEFENDHERSELF AS SHE WROTE WITH

HER TINY GLUED TOGETHERFINGERS IN A FULL PAGE "NEW

YORK TIMES" AD, QUOTE T ISTIME TO STOP BOXING IN

POTENTIAL.

BE FREE TO LAUNCH A CAREERIN A SWIMSUIT, LEAD A

COMPANY WHILE GORGEOUS ORWEAR PINK TO AN INTERVIEW AT

M.I.T.

THE REALITY OF TODAY IS THATGIRLS CAN GO ANYWHERE AND BE

ANYTHING.

EXACTLY.

"SPORTS ILLUSTRATED"SWIMSUIT ISSUES ARE ABOUT

ACHIEVING WOMEN'S DREAMS, OFBEING A DESERT EXPLORER OR

AN ASTRONAUT OR HIDING UNDERTHE MATTRESS OF A

13-YEAR-OLD BOY.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)AND FOLKS, WHEN IT COMES TO

DREAMS, NOT ONLY DOES BARBIEHAVE SPORTS ILLUSTRATED'S

BACK, SPORTS ILLUSTRATED'SGOT HERS.

>> INSIDE DID NOT RESPOND TOOUR REQUEST FOR COMMENT BUT

IN THEIR PRESS RELEASE SAIDSWIMSUIT HAS DELIVERED A

MESSAGE OF EMPOWERMENT,STRENGTH AND BEAUTY.

>> Stephen: YES, EMPOWERMENT.

BECAUSE THERE'S NOTHING MOREEMPOWERING TO A MODEL THAN

BEING REPLACED BY A PIECE OFPLASTIC.

AND BARBIE IS A GREAT ROLEMODEL FOR MODELS.

>> IN SOME WAYS THE PERFECTMODEL.

SHE DOESN'T BLINK, SHEDOESN'T MOVE.

SHE TAKES DIRECTION, TAKESINSTRUCTIONS.

(LAUGHTER)>> Stephen: YES, SHE DOESN'T

BLINK, SHE DOESN'T MOVE.

SHE'S TOO BUSY BEINGEMPOWERED TO TALK.

AND FOLKS,-- (APPLAUSE)

>> Stephen: AND FOLKS, TOPROVE THAT THE "SPORTS

ILLUSTRATED" SWIMSUIT COVERIS NOT ABOUT UNREALISTIC

BODY IMAGE OR SEXUALIZATIONOF CHILDREN'S TOYS, I AM

CALLING ON SPORTSILLUSTRATED TO MAKE NEXT

YEAR'S COVER MODELMRS. POTATO HEAD.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)BECAUSE HE IS THE PERFECT

MODEL.

YOU CAN CHANGE HER FEATURESWITHOUT PLASTIC SURGERY.

YOU CAN PUT HER EYES ON TOPOF HER HEAD.

YOU CAN PUT HER NOSE WHEREHER EARS ARE.

AND TALK ABOUT SILENT, IF SHEGIVES YOU ANY LIP, YOU CAN

REMOVE HER LIPS.

AND IF THERE'S ANY PART OFHER THE PHOTOGRAPHER DOESN'T

LIKE, YOU CAN JUST PUT ITRIGHT UP HER BUTT.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

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