Mattel Is Considering a Plan To Create Same-Sex Barbie Wedding Sets

Brittany M. Hughes | December 18, 2018
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Mattel, the toy company that owns the popular doll brand Barbie, is reportedly mulling over plans to create same-sex wedding sets to sell to children.  

The whole thing apparently started when Matt Jacobi and Nick Caprio, a gay couple from Arizona, wanted to buy their nieces and future flower girls a Barbie wedding set. But after searching high and low, the two men said they couldn’t find a set that had two guy dolls instead of the traditional Ken-and-Barbie pairings. 

"When we saw the toys in all the aisles, Nick and I looked at each other and had a moment. We just didn't feel connected to any of them," Jacobi said, according to CNN.

In response, the couple said they bought a regular bride/groom wedding set, tossed out Barbie, and replaced her with a second Ken doll.

After posting a photo of their custom wedding set on social media, the couple now says they've been invited to a meeting with Mattel in L.A. early next year to talk about making this Ken-and-Ken matchup a permanent fixture on a Walmart shelf near you.

"We have a confirmed date set in early January, and we are extremely excited, grateful and incredibly determined to make this happen," Jacobi said. "We are over the moon with all the positive responses we have received. We really just want to thank all the people out there for believing in our message that love is love."

It’s not the first time Mattel has changed up its longstanding Barbie brand to fit the new politically correct standard. Last year, the company unveiled (no pun intended) its new lineup of Muslim dolls, complete with a hijab. The company has also created new dolls with thicker waists and more “realistic” curves to promote a positive body image.

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