Elon Musk slams ‘Barbie’ over its anti-patriarchy message


Elon Musk is seeing red over Greta Gerwig’s pink-colored feminist satire “Barbie.”

The billionaire CEO of Twitter weighed in on the hit comedy, tweeting Monday: “It you take a shot every time Barbie says the word ‘patriarchy’, you will pass out before the movie ends.”

Musk, 52, was responding to a movie-themed meme poking fun at his recent decision to change Twitter’s blue bird logo to “X.”

The Tesla founder echoed the words of conservative commentator Ben Shapiro, who likewise took issue with the frequent use of the word “patriarchy” in “Barbie.”

Shapiro first complained last week about the number of times “patriarchy” was uttered in the film.


SpaceX, Twitter and electric car maker Tesla CEO Elon Musk looks on as he speaks during his visit at the Vivatech technology startups and innovation fair at the Porte de Versailles exhibition center in Paris, on June 16, 2023.
Elon Mus was not impressed with “Barbie,” based on his recent tweet about the hit film.
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Musk took issue with the use of the word “patriarchy” in Greta Gerwig’s satire.

“All you need to know about #BarbieTheMovie is that it unironically uses the word ‘patriarchy’ more than 10 times,” Shapiro whined on Twitter last week.

The right-wing columnist also shared a video of himself throwing Barbie dolls on a grill and setting them on fire.

Republican Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz’s wife, Ginger, went so far as to call for a boycott of “Barbie.”

“The 2023 Barbie movie, unfortunately, neglects to address any notion of faith or family, and tries to normalize the idea that men and women can’t collaborate positively (yuck),” Ginger Gaetz tweeted, adding, “I really wanted to enjoy it, but ended up feeling let down.”

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This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Margot Robbie in a scene from "Barbie."
The comedy topped the box office with $182 million in domestic ticket sales, making history in the process.
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The film follows “Stereotypical Barbie,” played by Margot Robbie, as she tries to make sense of feminism and patriarchy after leaving plastic Barbieland and venturing into the real world to resolve her unexpected existential crisis.

Despite Musk, Shapiro and Ginger Gaetz’s finger-wagging, “Barbie”– one half of the “Barbenheimer” movie-going phenomenon — went on to make history with an eye-popping $162 million opening weekend in North America.

Not only did “Barbie,” starring Robbie and Ryan Gosling, break the opening weekend record for 2023 — and post the biggest domestic opening for a non-superhero film or sequel — but it also shattered the first weekend record for a film directed by a woman.


This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Kingsley Ben-Adir, from left, Ryan Gosling and Ncuti Gatwa in a scene from "Barbie."
The satire stars Margot Robbie as Barbie and Ryan Gosling, center, as Ken.
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Christopher Nolan’s epic “Oppenheimer,” helmed by Cillian Murphy as the “Father of the Atomic Bomb” J. Robert Oppenheimer, came in a distant second, raking in a still-impressive $82 million from 3,610 theaters in the US and Canada.





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