But Really: What the Hell Is This ‘Barbie’ Movie? squib

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On Friday, Variety reported that the Europop song “Barbie Girl” by Aqua will not be used in the upcoming Margot Robbie Barbie movie. This is obviously disappointing news, as the song is incredibly catchy and has become nearly as iconic as the toy itself. The response online was swift and sour, with Twitter users asking what the point of the movie would be without the song and fruitlessly begging for it to at least be included in the trailer.

The refrain “Come on Barbie, let’s go party!” practically plays in one’s head at the mere thought of the impossibly-proportioned blonde doll. Plus, as an entertainment writer who has used lyrics from the song to jazz up my copy in every article I have written about this film so far, I am tremendously inconvenienced on a personal level by the new development.

Considering that Barbie manufacturer Mattel is producing the project, it’s not a huge surprise that the raunchy, satirical song will be left off the soundtrack. When the song came out (and became a global hit) in 1997, Mattel sued the Danish band over the potential damage to Barbie’s brand. The lawsuit was ultimately dismissed, but a quick refresher on the lyrics–“I’m a blonde bimbo girl in a fantasy world” and “Kiss me here, touch me there,” for example–clears up why the toy company might have a problem with the song.

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