Home Bizarre That time Mattel accidentally made Ken gay. The whole idea came after Mattel conducted a survey asking little girls about their thoughts on Ken. Matt Jacobi and Nick Caprio, of Scottsdale, Arizona, have been a couple for more than 11 years, and they're planning a May wedding, with their two nieces as flower girls. In Mattel realized people don't all come in one shapeso why should Barbie? For several years, Barbie replaced Ken with an Australian surfer named Blaine.
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Mattel responded by issuing a statement denying that Ken was gay. Related Content " ". Though the Earring Magic Ken incident showed that LGBTQ culture at the time had infiltrated the mainstream or, arguably, been co-opted by itKen might've simply remained the butt of late-night jokes until Savage — who's since gone on to serve as one of the country's most prominent sex and relationship advice columnists — published his explanation of the gay-culture subtext communicated by wearing the sex toy. Every set they found had a bride, which didn't represent their love life.
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