Wednesday, January 13, 2010


Happy 2010, everyone! Last year was definitely a wild ride, but none so much as these first couple weeks of the new decade (the NYE long weekend felt like a Summer-long bender). Now with the holidays behind us, it's time to look forward to what 2010 will bring us...and sadly, something in particular that it won't. Far be it from me to start things off on a sour note, but in this instance - attention must be paid.

If you're not already familiar, here's the backstory. In November, Mattel announced a new Barbie line aimed at collectors (aka not kids). Among the handful of dolls was one of the most incredible things I've ever seen - Palm Beach Sugar Daddy Ken. I mean, SERIOUSLY. Oh my fucking god. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but in this case I think Mattel's official description manages just fine:
"Cool sophistication in breezy Palm Beach! Sporting a dashing jacquard-patterned jacket with a light pink polo shirt and crisp white pants, Ken doll is ready for Palm Beach social season, sunning by the pool and a stroll with his little companion. Fashion designed exclusively for the Silkstone Barbie doll body. Includes Ken doll, jacket, pink polo shirt, white shoes, dog with leash, swim trunks and accessories, doll stand and Certificate of Authenticity. For the adult collector."

As you can imagine, once the internet got a hold of this...well, it was every blogger for himself. While the comments ran the gamut, people were mostly just in awe. Sarcastic, snarky awe - but awe nonetheless. Perhaps aware (finally) of the reaction to this $70 punchline, Mattel tried to give Ken a name only. Instead, he would be called Palm Beach Sugar's Daddy Ken. Remember the "little companion" they mentioned in the item description? Turns out it wasn't a thinly-veiled reference to Ken's boy toy. It's his dog - given the name "Sugar". I had to suspend my disbelief too, don't worry.

Tragically, the internet buzz never died down. And no one really stepped up in defense of the gayest Ken doll ever. Which is why, without any fanfare, PBSDK was removed from the production schedule. It's truly a shame that Mattel didn't want to go forward with it, but I suppose I can understand the controversy. So RIP, Palm Beach Sugar Daddy Ken - you'll live on in our hearts...and also our laughter.


maybeimamazed02 said...

That is quite possibly the most amazing Ken doll EVER (and I say this as a years-long Barbie enthusiast). It breaks my heart that it was pulled. Heh. I said "pulled."

Anonymous said...

For future reference, for those who find this, this doll was always going to be called "Sugar's Daddy Ken". It's a pun. Sugar was always the name of the dog.