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December 27, 2003

Ken and Consumer Whores

There is such a thing as "too much of a good thing." Lord of the Rings is a good thing. Barbie and Ken as Arwen and Aragorn crosses a line. While I think that's the ugliest likeness of Arwen known to man, that is most certainly the least gay Ken has ever looked.

Mattel supposedly doesn't know why people think Ken is gay, yet they produce things like Fashion Insider Ken. Even gayer is 1st Modern Circle Ken, a career set designer complete with highlights, earthy turtleneck, tight-fitting jeans and a leather jacket.

No mention of Ken as homosexual plastic man would be complete without the train wreck that was Earring Magic Ken. Whether you're too old or not old enough to remember EMK, click the link and you'll understand very quickly why that doll almost always comes up in any discussion of Ken being gay.

Update: A friend pointed me to a page about Biker Ken. It touches on the EMK, and if you're perverted enough, Ken's "born to ride" tattoo answers the question of top or bottom.

Posted by Colin at December 27, 2003 11:55 PM

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