Photographs of nude Barbie dolls being menaced by kitchen appliances are protected free speech, a federal appeals court has ruled. Mattel had sued, charging copyright infringement.
The artist had argued that the photo series, which also included a photo of Barbie dolls wrapped in tortillas and covered in salsa in a casserole dish in a lit oven, was meant to critique the “objectification of women” and “beauty myth” associated with the popular doll.
Works for me.
Also read James Lileks on bondage issues involving JetSki Barbie.
It took 17 minutes to free Barbie from the wires, plastic garottes, tape and screws that binded her to the box. If you did not hire bondage enthusiasts to design the packages, parents might have an easier time on Christmas morn. Okay? Okay.
By next Christmas, Mattel probably will introduce Nude KitchenFighting Barbie. Well, not nude. Because the money is in the accessories and outfits.