Shakira's comments on the Barbie the film being “emasculating” generated backlash from parents.

Almost nine months later Barbie With a blockbuster release in 2023, the 47-year-old Colombian pop star has reignited debate around the film's feminist themes. In an interview with fascination, she revealed that her children – Milan, 11, and Sasha, nine, who she shares with ex-partner and football star Gerard Piqué – felt watching the film was “emasculating”.

When asked by an interviewer what she thought of the film, the “Puntería” singer said: “My kids absolutely hated it. They felt it was emasculating. And I agree, to a certain extent.”

“I’m raising two boys,” she explained. “I want them to feel powerful too [while] respecting women. I like pop culture when it tries to empower women without robbing men of the ability to be men, to also protect and provide. I believe in giving women all the tools and the confidence that we can do everything without losing our essence, without losing our femininity.”

She added: “I think men have a purpose in society and women have another purpose too. We complement each other and this complement should not be lost.”

“Just because a woman can do it all doesn’t mean she should?” she continued. “Why not share the load with people who deserve to carry it, who have a duty to carry it too?”

Parents and non-parents alike weighed in on the pop star's comments, claiming she completely missed the point of the story of Ryan Gosling's Ken, who finally had the power to feel like he was enough — or “Kenough” outside of his relationship with Margot. Robbie's Barbie.

“Shakira: My boys need all the movies (including chick flicks called Barbie) to portray Masculinity and Femininity the way they have for the last 100 years or else they will feel small and irrelevant,” said one user he wrote on X, formerly known as Twitter.

“It is because Barbie is a necessary film for many women to be introduced to feminism 101, as they still suffer from internalized misogyny,” someone else added.

“Whenever people complain that modern society is 'bringing down' men and 'castrating' them, it's always about wanting to maintain the prestige linked to masculinity,” said another. posted. “It’s always about pretending that gender roles are natural and not a question of power and access to resources.”

Some were not surprised that Shakira was a “boy mom” and seemed to be perpetuating the idea that men and women should adopt certain gender roles.

“Shakira always struck me as the 'I'm not like other girls' type, so she's a boymom hashtag, missing the whole point of ** Barbie because it didn’t respond 100 percent to her children, it’s no surprise to me,” another observed.

Barbie outwardly challenged the notion that men and women have to fulfill roles and duties towards each other, with the characters Barbie and Ken navigating the consequences of bringing real-world social structures like patriarchy back to their idyllic matriarchal utopia, Barbieland. Through its characters, the film finally conveyed that men and women have different things to bring to the table and don't need to depend on each other to be happy.