Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Important Question About Advertising History

Question: Of these two '90s Barbie commercials for a Ken doll who had facial hair that you could shave off, which is the more disturbing?

This mid-'90s commercial for "Shaving Fun Ken" (with two girls swooning "Oh, Ken" in inappropriate excitement)?



Or this late-'90s commercial, which I've highlighted elsewhere, for the very different (and totally not just a lame name change to sell a product that already failed) "Cool Shaving Ken?"



Now you see why, in the '90s, parents were wrong to think that violent programming was the biggest threat to their kids.

2 comments:

Kris said...

What a HUNK!

Sarah Weinman said...

But they never did go for Sapphic Fun Barbie, alas...