Protesters incensed by Barbie took the streets of Berlin, on Thursday, in response to the opening and launch of the city's own Barbie Dreamhouse - a life size replica of doll's fictional Malibu home. The marketing company EMS, who advertised the attraction, say it "provides a completely new insight into the living interior and lifestyle of the most famous doll in the world."
While enthusiasm for the attraction has spread among the city's youth - protesters were enraged, chanting "if you hate the Barbie Dreamhouse clap your hands". The demonstrators operating under the Occupy-Barbie slogan say the doll figure is not a suitable role model for young girls, branding it "sexist" and finding her body shape unrealistic. The doll, if life-size, would have almost half the waist size of the average woman.
Barbie has long been a hate figure for feminists, who object to the sexualisation and objectification of the female form the doll encourages. A protester from the feminist group FEMEN turned up to the Barbie Dreamhouse to launch their own protest on Thursday and burnt Barbie on a cross.