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Barbie (2023 Film)

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Barbie refers to the 2023 film about the classic line of toy dolls starring Margot Robbie, Will Ferrell and Ryan Gosling, directed by Greta Gerwig. The movie was announced by Warner Bros. Pictures in mid-2019 and is set to release in mid-2023. In early 2022, memes and tweets appeared en masse following a sneak peek of Robbie dressed as Barbie in the film. Ryan Goslin's Ken inspired memes as well and the leak of roller-skating costumes taken on a set in Venice Beach, California also did in June 2022. Many memetic references centered on buying tickets to Barbie too, in reference to the Tickets to Joker, Please trend. Also, many memes set Barbie and Oppenheimer against each other, due to their release dates being the same day, July 21st, 2023.

History

On July 15th, 2019, the movie was announced by Warner Bros. Pictures. Multiple film-centric news outlets tweeted about the announcement on the same day. For instance, Variety magazine posted a tweet[1] that received roughly 1,900 likes over the course of three years. It was announced that the director of Ladybird, Greta Gerwig, and Noah Baumbach were to write and direct the comedy movie. Actress Margot Robbie, known for Suicide Squad, among other films, was to play Barbie.

Following the initial announcement, memes were already surfacing in regards to the film. For instance, on July 17th, 2019, Twitter[2] user ericeidelstein made a meme about the likeliness of Barbie's character being woke. It received 80 likes in three years (shown below).


... eric eidelstein @ericeidelstein Greta Gerwig writing the Barbie movie Barbie? Is that your given name ve it to myself, it's given to me by 11:03 AM Jul 17, 2019 from Los Angeles, CA Twitter for iPhone .

On June 30th, 2021, Robbie was interviewed by Vogue[3] magazine, wherein, she talked about the upcoming Barbie movie. She was quoted saying, "it comes with a lot of baggage… And a lot of nostalgic connections. But with that come a lot of exciting ways to attack it. People generally hear ‘Barbie’ and think, ‘I know what that movie is going to be,’ and then they hear that Greta Gerwig is writing and directing it, and they’re like, ‘Oh, well, maybe I don’t…’”

Inspired by the interview, reactions peaked in the summer of 2021. Some people started to relate the movie to the upcoming Polly Pocket movie directed by Lena Dunham, making jokes about the two feminist directors and what they'd do with the films. For instance, on July 9th, 2021, Twitter[4] user post_prufrock posted a tweet that earned roughly 4,300 likes in nine months (shown below).


lee pace is 6'5" @post_prufrock greta gerwig directing barbie...lena dunham writing polly pocket..what does it mean... 1:10 PM · Jul 9, 2021 · Twitter for iPhone 106 Retweets 63 Quote Tweets 4,325 Likes

On October 25th, 2021, it was announced that actor Ryan Gosling was going to play Ken.[11]

First Look at Margot Robbie as Barbie

On April 26th, 2022, multiple film-centric news outlets posted a photo of Margot Robbie as Barbie, being a first look at her character design (shown below). For instance, the Twitter[5] account FilmUpdates posted the photo and received roughly 125,900 likes in two days. Additionally, the film's release date was announced as July 21st, 2023.


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Reactions

Internet users and meme creators reacted to the photo en masse going into the remainder of April 2022. Many creators started to exploit the image, photoshopping it into various movie posters. For instance, on April 27th, 2022, Twitter[6] user PeliDeTarde made the picture into a poster for Titane, a 2021 movie about a woman who's impregnated by a car.[7] The image received roughly 29,900 likes in one day (shown below, left). Also on April 27th, Twitter[8] user smhrbst made a movie poster, earning roughly 10,200 likes in one day (shown below, right).


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Barbie vs. Oppenheimer

On April 26th, 2022, the Twitter[9] account DiscussingFilm asked their followers whether or not they'd be seeing Barbie or Oppenheimer on July 21st, 2023, as both films were set to release on the same day. The tweet received roughly 23,300 likes in one day (shown below).


DiscussingFilm (4 @DiscussingFilm "BARBIE' and 'OPPENHEIMER' will release on the same day. Which will you be watching? See what movies are coming soon: bit.ly/Dates2022 7:42 PM · Apr 26, 2022 · Twitter for iPhone

Due to the stark contrast in the images as well as the subject matter for each, Twitter users started to post memes, playing with the aesthetics of each and hinting that they were going to see both. For instance, on April 26th, 2022, Twitter[10] user Gr4deEQuality replied with a GIF of some men looking serious and walking, captioning it, "Me and the boys on the way to watch Barbie," earning roughly 6,100 likes in less than 24 hours (shown below).

Creators started to reference meme templates en masse that highlighted contrasts between colorful aesthetics and black and white aesthetics, these being, most predominantly, the Black And Pink Meme Houses and My Sister And I Are Polar Opposites. Many of the tweets also referenced the Tickets To Joker, Please phrasal template.

Ryan Gosling Ken

Ryan Gosling Ken refers to actor Ryan Gosling's portrayal of Ken in the 2023 film Barbie. Due to Ryan Gosling's strong association with Literally Me roles, such as Driver and Officer K, the actor being cast as Ken inspired memes drawing humor from this association after the initial reveal of Margot Robbie's depiction of Barbie and Gosling's Ken for the movie in early June 2022 when first-look photos were released.


ARDA Re:Buche @rembuchelover Inside of you there are 2 Ryan Goslings: Ken K 1:06 PM Jun 15, 2022. Twitter for iPhone : ... MikeEhrmantrautGaming @bartsimsonreal amm I Drive...a miata 12:46 PM Jun 15, 2022 Twitter for Android Ken K Nickronomicon @nickeldoodle ... this is what happens when you get exposed to bisexual lighting Ken K 3:11 PM Jun 15, 2022. Twitter Web App

Tickets to Barbie, Please

Many memes regarding the upcoming Barbie film referenced the trend Tickets to Joker, Please, instead captioning image macros of people asking for "Ticket to Barbie, Please." The first meme of this nature was posted on April 26th, 2022 by Twitter[16] user FanboyGhibli who wrote "2 tickets for Oppenheimer and Barbie good sir" in a reply that received roughly 6,600 likes in two months (shown below, left).

As the movie continued to trend going into June 2022, more memes using the phrase emerged. For instance, on June 15th, 2022, Twitter[17] user roguerone made a meme using a brooding image of Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe from The Lighthouse, earning roughly 243,700 likes in one week (shown below, right).


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Roller Skating Costumes in Venice Beach

On June 27th, 2022, paparazzi photography outlet The Daily Stardust posted multiple photos on Instagram[12] and elsewhere showing Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling dressed in multi-color, roller-blading outfits on Venice Beach in Los Angeles, California, filming a scene for the upcoming movie (shown below).


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Additionally, a video was taken by the paparazzi outlet Backgrid that showed Robbie skating on the Venice Beach boardwalk in a different costume. It was reposted to Twitter[13] by the account margotswhore on June 27th where it received roughly 3.6 million views and 135,200 likes in one day (shown below).

The costumes inspired many reactions and memes across social media. For instance, Twitter[14] user cybrxangel noted that the costumes were inspired by the "Hot Skatin'" Barbie doll, earning roughly 8,200 likes in one day (shown below, left). Twitter[15] user fiImgal instead reacted to photos of Will Ferrell on the Venice Beach set, earning roughly 115,600 likes in one day (shown below, right).


bethany @filmgal THEY'RE TRYING TO CATCH BARBIE OMG 49 3:16 PM Jun 27, 2022 · Twitter Web App ●●●

Ryan Gosling Screaming

On June 29th, 2022, Twitter[18] account @SiteBastidores4 shared a clip from the Barbie set filmed by the papparazi network The Hollywood Fix in which Barbie, played by Robbie, knocks out a man who slapped her buttocks, with Ken, played by Gosling, reacting with a high-pitch scream. Later that day, Twitter[19] user @filmgal shared the video, with the clip accumulating over 4.1 million views, 12,500 retweets and 151,500 likes in one day (shown below).

Later that day, Twitter[20] user @dykesiobhan posted a clip comparing Ryan Gosling's scream with Ken's scream in the Barbie animated series. The video (shown below) gained over 3.5 million views in one day.

Similar to previous leaks from the set, the clip inspired memes and discussions.[21]

Barbie Trailer Reaction

On April 4th, 2023, the official trailer for Barbie was released (seen below). The post by the Barbie movie's official Twitter account received over 173,000 likes in less than 24 hours as the teaser rapidly went viral and garnered significant coverage, discussions and memetic reactions shortly after.[22]


Response to the trailer was largely positive. The meme by the Twitter account @filmdaze (seen below) was typical of many reactions upon its release. The tweet on April 4th, 2023, received almost 28,000 likes in less than a day.[23]


Film Daze @filmdaze before and after watching the barbie trailer FD 6:27 PM. Apr 4, 2023 605.5K Views 2,831 Retweets 116 Quotes 27K Likes 154 Bookmarks :

Two moments from the trailer were of particular interest to cinema fans and meme makers. First, a shot of Barbie's foot leaving a slipper was shared and commented upon by many, including Chrissy Teigen, who tweeted about the foot on April 5th (seen below, left), receiving almost 55,000 likes in six hours.[24] Others, like Twitter user @TimDuffy, who received almost 250 likes in a similar timeframe, compared the foot shot to the work of another famous director with a liking for feet.[25]


chrissy teigen @chrissyteigen I need to know everything about this shot. How many takes, if she held onto something, was she harnessed, is the landing mark sticky, are they her feet, who did the pedicure, really just a documentary on this shot 1:49 PM . Apr 5, 2023 1.5M Views ... 2,374 Retweets 240 Quotes 40.9K Likes 262 Bookmarks ember @emberlmao. 15h Seeing the number of bookmarks on every repost of the Barbie foot shot steadily increase 0:05 565 views 27 1 30 ₁1,824

Second, the casting of Michael Cera in the role of Allan also overjoyed many cinema fans after it was revealed in the trailer. The Allan doll is a rare Barbie doll, introduced in 1964 as Ken's friend, and has since been discontinued.[26] Some fans showed their enthusiasm for Cera's casting, such as Twitter user @capbeebara (shown below, left) who received over 172,000 likes in less than 24 hours for their tweet on April 4th.[27] Many posters enjoyed the font of the text promoting Allan in the promotional poster for the character, thinking it read "Allah" instead of "Allan." For example, also on April 4th, Twitter user @dog_starman made that mistake and received over 104,000 likes in a similar timeframe (shown below, right).[28]


pivot lottie matthews @capbeebara · Apr 4 me and the girls going to see michael cera in greta gerwig's barbie POTINE PEG Worts Film Updates @FilmUpdates. Apr 4 301 ACK TIE Michael Cera stars in Greta Gerwig's BARBIE Barbie Only in theaters July 21, 2023. t 21.8K 169.2K ₁7M 소 ←] : The Critical Swiftie @dog_starman · Apr 4 I've seen this poster a dozen times today, and 75% of those times I've misread it as "there's only one Allah". Film Updates @FilmUpdates. Apr 4 Michael Cera stars in Greta Gerwig's BARBIE Only in theaters July 21, 2023. Michael Cera There's only one Allan. Barbie :

Barbie Movie Poster Parodies

Barbie Movie Poster Memes, also known as Parody Barbie Movie Posters, refers to a series of Photoshops and spoofs of promotional movie posters for the 2023 film Barbie. The memes were inspired and based on a set of Barbie posters uploaded to Twitter in early April 2023 that featured various actors in the film, such as Margot Robbie, Ryan Gosling and Michael Cera. The parody posters were made using the website BarbieSelfie.ai, which is a generator tool launched by the company to create custom variants.



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External References

[1] Twitter – @Variety

[2] Twitter – @ericeidelstein

[3] Vogue – Margot Robbie Refuses To Be Put In A Box

[4] Twitter – @post_prufrock

[5] Twitter – @FilmUpdates

[6] Twitter – @PeliDeTarde

[7] iMDb – Titane 2021

[8] Twitter – @smhrbst

[9] Twitter – @DiscussingFilm

[10] Twitter – @Gr4deEQuality

[11] NY Post – Ryan Gosling as Ken

[12] Instagram – thedailystardust

[13] Twitter – @margotswhore

[14] Twitter – @cybrxangel

[15] Twitter – @fiImgal

[16] Twitter – @FanboyGhibli

[17] Twitter – @roguerone

[18] Twitter – @SiteBastidores4

[19] Twitter – @fiImgal

[20] Twitter – @dykesiobhan

[21] Twitter – @Marcus_cel

[22] Twitter – @barbiethemovie

[23] Twitter – @filmdaze

[24] Twitter – @chrissyteigen

[25] Twitter – @TimDuffy

[26] Inverse – The Real-Life Scandal Behind Barbie's Two Strangest Characters

[27] Twitter – @capbeebara

[28] Twitter – @dog_starman

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