The upcoming live-action Barbie movie starring Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling has been making headlines for all the wrong reasons. From casting controversies to international bans, the film has faced a number of challenges on its way to theaters.
The casting of Ryan Gosling as Ken was met with some criticism from fans who felt that he was too old for the role. Others were upset that the film’s director, Greta Gerwig, had cast a number of non-white actors in supporting roles, including Simu Liu, Hari Nef, and Issa Rae.
In addition to the casting controversies, the Barbie movie has also been banned in Vietnam. The country’s Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism cited concerns about the film’s “negative social impact” as the reason for the ban.
The film has also been the subject of some controversy due to its perceived wokeness. Some critics have accused the film of being too progressive and of pushing an agenda that is at odds with the traditional values of the Barbie brand.