by  
MATTEL

AMIDST ALL THE turmoil both online and off, it might have been easy to miss, but guess what? Summer is here! And you know what that means: Things are heating up. And we’re not just talking about the mercury rising. From the halls of Congress to the tubes of the internet, heated discussions and hot takes abound. Think you might have missed something online over the last week? Grab a cool beverage and lean back—everything you need to know is right here.

Barbie’s New Beau

What Happened: Barbie has a new Ken doll to hang out with. In fact, she has many of them, and the internet is very interested.

What Really Happened: After more than half a century of being the same beefcake—well, almost—Barbie’s boytoyKen got numerous makeovers this week, with the release of 15 new designs for the character that mix race and style in an attempt to make Ken more appealing to customers. Unfortunately, one new Ken doll in particular caught the attention of Twitter—and not in a good way.

That new Ken doll has already ignored 2 of my texts while still liking my Instagram posts.

New Ken doll has a man-bun. Climbing back into bed.

Others felt like they knew the new Kens quite well already.

Man-Bun Ken would definitely get drunk at a party and try to touch my hair

Man-bun Ken thinks having a mother makes him a feminist

The new “Man Bun” Ken doll comes with shirt, shoes, and keys to Barbie’s car that he’s driving until he “gets back on his feet again.”

I don’t even own the new man bun Ken doll but he’s already mentioned CrossFit three times.

Does man bun Ken doll also come with a Soul Cycle membership, vintage record player, and $50,000 in student loan debt?

Man bun Ken called Barbie a corporate whore and threw dollar bills at her, then went and bought a new iPhone to post his sick protest instas

The Takeaway: OK, that was fun and all, but let’s keep this in perspective.

I’ve guiltily laughed at the Ken doll memes too. But – the point of the line is to celebrate diversity in men – and we’re making fun of it. https://twitter.com/amandadeibert/status/877310007947141121 

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