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Loose Women's Carol McGiffin: Barbie movie offends me and Margot Robbie is miscast

The presenter said she will not be going to see the film and she thinks Katie Price should be in the starring role.

Carol McGiffin has taken issue with Barbie. (Getty/Warner Bros.)
Carol McGiffin has taken issue with Barbie. (Getty/Warner Bros.)

Loose Women star Carol McGiffin has said the Barbie movie offends her because she is a dated character and not a feminist.

The TV and radio presenter said she will not be going to see the film and she believes Margot Robbie is miscast in the role and that the famously mis-proportioned doll should be played by cosmetically-enhanced businesswoman Katie Price.

McGiffin, 63, wrote in her Best magazine column: "I have nothing against Barbie, the Seventies doll. But everything about the new movie offends me like nothing has before and I've not seen it, nor will I. Because you just know that even though she was an icon of an age gone by, Hollywood will somehow turn her into a professional feminist.

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"And Margot Robbie so miscast. The obvious person to play the plastic, out-of-proportion doll with the pink house was Katie Price!"

Margot Robbie as Barbie in the new film. (Warner Bros)
Margot Robbie as Barbie in the new film. (Warner Bros)

Robbie has insisted that while the film will honour the legacy of the 64-year-old doll, originally marketed to girls, it will also make light of the associated stereotypes and spark debate.

She told Australia's ABC 7.30: "People feel really strongly about Barbie. Some people love Barbie. Some people have a lot of problems with Barbie. But everyone has an associated memory with Barbie.

"It just felt like we could ignite something with it […] it seems like over the last 64 years, it hasn't taken much for Barbie to ignite conversation or sometimes, you know, revolutions or protests."

Katie Price launches her new range of nutrition products at The Worx Studio's on April 25, 2017 in London, England.  (Photo by Danny Martindale/WireImage)
Carol McGiffin thinks Katie Price should be Barbie. (Getty Images)

And writer and director Greta Gerwig – known for Little Women and Frances Ha – has said the film is about feminism.

She said: "It most certainly is a feminist film.

"It's that diving into the complexity of it and not running away from it.

Ryan Gosling and Margot Robbie in Barbie. (Warner Bros.)
Ryan Gosling and Margot Robbie in Barbie. (Warner Bros.)

"Looking at all the thorniness and stepping into what is the negotiation of what women need to be, and how to give them something other than a tightrope to walk on, is how it feels feminist to me."

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The film – which will see Barbie find herself transported into the real world– stars Ryan Gosling as Ken and an all-star cast including Will Ferrell, Dame Helen Mirren, America Ferrera and Ncuti Gatwa.

Barbie will be released in cinemas on Friday, 21 July, 2023.

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