Plastic Romance Resurrected
by Niki Turner
Current events can be depressing. We've got "Snowmageddon 2011" on the east coast, continued economic difficulties and high unemployment, a war that drags on and on, reports of an impending horrific volcanic eruption in Yellowstone expected to destroy the US as we know it, a nation deeply divided politically, and more. But I ran across some happy news this week, Ken is wooing Barbie again, and hopes to win her back by Valentine's Day.
Ken and Barbie split up in 2004, 43 years after their first television commercial together in 1961.
Those who considered them the epitome of the ideal couple in all their blond, blue-eyed perfection were traumatized by the news of their break-up. While Barbie continued to increase in popularity as an independent career woman, Ken faded quietly into the background.
|The NEW Ken|
But he's back now, sporting a new look (with real hair again!), a new tagline (Sweet Talkin' Ken), and a plan to win back the woman he loves complete with public declarations of love on LA billboards, Facebook flirting, and special orders from elite NYC cupcake bakeries.
|My first Ken doll was "Western Ken"|
How about you? Do you love or hate the idea? Do you think Barbie should have moved on to a new fella?