Holly Hughes Takes a Trip to Barbieland

Sep 4, 2023 · 1985 views

Think of Holly Hughes as a real life Weird Barbie, but even more counter-cultural, fierce and fun. Illustration: Fausto Fernós. Photos: Warner Brother Studio and University of Michigan.

For all the jobs Barbie’s had over the years, her most lucrative gig yet is now movie star, as the Barbie movie has just surpassed the billion dollar mark in worldwide box office sales.

This widely popular feminist film, directed and co-written by filmmaker Greta Gerwig, is set to not just to shape the future of films, but how we talk about gender and sexual equality.

Today, Weird Barbie in real life, performance artist Holly Hughes joins us to take a look at the Barbie movie phenomenon and why young girls love horses so much.

In the early 90s, Holly Hughes became widely known as part of the NEA Four, when her solo theatrical work became a political target for conservatives and her funding was revoked by the federal government.


Mattel releases its first product tie-in from the movie, the Weird Barbie Doll.

Why America Ferrrera’s monologue from the film resonates so deeply.

Warning! We have a few spoilers in this podcast, so please listen with caution.

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