Shakira Reveals Her Sons Felt ‘Barbie’ Was ‘Emasculating’ & She Agrees ‘to a Certain Extent’


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It seemed like the whole world loved Barbie when it came out last year, but Shakira‘s sons aren’t big fans. The 47-year-old “Waka Waka” artist revealed in a new interview that Sasha and Milan — whom she shares with ex Gerard Piqué — “hated” Greta Gerwig and Margot Robbie‘s 2023 film.

“My sons absolutely hated it,” Shakira told Allure in an interview published on Monday, April 1. “They felt that it was emasculating. And I agree, to a certain extent. I’m raising two boys. I want ‘em to feel powerful too [while] respecting women.”

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The music artist continued, “I like pop culture when it attempts to empower women without robbing men of their possibility to be men, to also protect and provide. I believe in giving women all the tools and the trust that we can do it all without losing our essence, without losing our femininity. I think that men have a purpose in society and women have another purpose as well. We complement each other, and that compliment should not be lost.”

After being asked, “Just because a woman can do it all doesn’t mean she should?” Shakira elaborated,  “Why not share the load with people who deserve to carry it, who have a duty to carry it as well?”

After premiering in July 2023, Barbie was met with widespread praise, but a few critics slammed it for its jokes about men. Some even accused the project of being “anti-male.”

However, Ryan Gosling — who played Ken in the film — has been a proud speaker for the film and his collaboration with Greta and Margot. The 43-year-old actor even performed his character’s hit song from the movie, “I’m Just Ken,” at the 2024 Oscars. The performance received high praise, and Ryan also called out the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for snubbing Greta and Margot for Oscar nominations.

Last year, many people loved the Barbie movie, but Shakira’s sons didn’t like it. In an interview, Shakira shared that her sons Sasha and Milan thought the film was emasculating. She believes in empowering women without diminishing the role of men. She thinks men and women have different but complementary roles in society.

Shakira expressed her opinion on the Barbie movie on Allure. She wants her sons to feel powerful while still respecting women. She believes in sharing responsibilities with those who deserve it.

While Barbie received praise upon its release, some critics found it anti-male due to its jokes about men. However, Ryan Gosling, who played Ken in the film, supported the movie and his co-stars Greta and Margot. He even performed a song from the movie at the Oscars and defended his co-stars against Oscar snubs.

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