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Bill Maher Criticizes Barbie Movie for Pushing “Man-Hating Zombie Lie”

Comedian Bill Maher has taken to social media to criticize the feminist-themed film “Barbie” for promoting what he calls a “preachy, man-hating zombie lie” about “the patriarchy.” Maher’s critique revolves around the movie’s plot, which features the character Barbie (played by Margot Robbie) confronting a board of directors portrayed as all-male.

In reality, Mattel’s board consists of 11 members, with five being women.

Maher argues that the film perpetuates a falsehood by promoting the idea of a male-dominated patriarchy when the real-life board makeup doesn’t entirely reflect that.

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He emphasizes that while remnants of a patriarchal structure may still exist, the portrayal in the movie feels outdated for a setting in 2023.

He states, “Barbie is this kind of #ZombieLie… except there’s a Mattel board in real life, and it’s 7 men [6 in actuality] and 5 women. OK, not perfect even-steven, but not the way the board IN THE MOVIE – which takes place in 2023 – is portrayed. And not really any longer deserving of the word ‘patriarchy.’”

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Maher concludes that the film’s depiction of gender roles feels out of touch with the attitudes and behaviors of women in the present day.

He notes that a woman he watched the movie with remarked, “I don’t know a single woman of any age who would act like that today.”.

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