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.


Krishva said...

What a HUNK!

Sarah Weinman said...

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