Gay couple tries to get Barbie manufacturer to add same-sex wedding sets
A gay couple was unable to find proper representation in the Barbie doll section of their store. Now they're doing something to change that.
ABC reported that Matt Jacobi and Nick Caprio have been together for 12 years now. Recently, they decided to move back home to the Valley.
There, Jacobi has nieces he is close with. Of course, with the season coming up, gifts are expected. Jacobi was hoping to buy a gay Barbie bridal set from the store from here.
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"They've always been with us. They only know that uncle Nick loves uncle Matt and uncle Matt loves uncle Nick."
But when they got there, they could only find Barbie and Ken paired together. They opted to buy the wedding set and an extra Ken doll to complete the look.
"We wanted it to be meaningful and we wanted it to somehow be connected to our wedding."
While the move worked out, the gay couple realized that they should try to do something about the lack of representation for gay marriage. But online, people were annoyed at the idea.
Jacobi said: "You just look at it from your perspective and you just realize that it's not connecting to us. Nor will it connect to our nieces because they know us as two grooms to be."
So the pair reached out to Barbie's creator Mattel. Jacobi insisted that right now it was only a matter of dealing with the LGBTQ group. He said:
"It's going to come up in your family, no matter what. As more same-sex couples are having kids, your kids are going to have kids in the class that has gay parents and things like that, too, so it's not this huge shock anymore."
As a result, this week the couple will be meeting with Mattel designers where they will push for gay couples in more toys.
In a previous move, Mattel showed that their steps toward inclusion have so far proven very fruitful. The company made an increase in sales of 14% last year according to USA Today.
The business credited the wider variety of skin tones, sizes, and hairdo's to their success. They continue to change with the times to suit their market's needs.
Back in December, we observed that outwardly gay acts are still being met with backlash. This is especially so when it comes to children.
Disney released a cartoon showing same-sex kissing in one clip on the show. The episode of "Star VS The Forces of Evil" featured concertgoers.
Among them, gay and lesbian couples could be seen kissing while a band played. The display got mixed reactions. Some were in support while others lashed out against the move.
Disney is set to produce their first official gay motion picture character next year. They have received praise for their work on a "Beauty and the Beat" with a gay storyline.