(CNSNews.com) – The feminist group Femen protested last week at the opening of a life-sized Barbie Dream House in Berlin, Germany by chanting slogans and holding a burning cross with the charred body of a doll tied to it.
The topless Femen women had slogans like “Life in plastic is not fantastic” written across their chests, and one climbed atop a huge pink high-heel shoe in front of the pink and purple Barbie house before the protestors were led away by police, according to a May 16 Reuters report.
The Kiev, Ukraine-based group’s website calls the Berlin protest a “Barbie’cue.”
“Ritual Barbie'cue with fried meat of the plastic idol was made to demonstrate the true meaning of the history of commercial monster Mattel,” the website post states. “They have turned a piece of plastic into a god for millions of girls from all over the world who now seek only to imitate plastic shapes and stupidity and absurdity of conduct.”
Another posting calls for protests for the sake of “humanity.”
“The movement Femen urges all its supporters to provide the resistance to the worldwide ‘Barbie’ corporation,” the post states. “Burning dolls, smashing stores, refusal to purchase and the other available forms of boycott will serve the interests of humanity and make the world a little cleaner.
“Let’s make a Barbie’cue!” the post states.
Femen describes itself as the “new woman,” the “new amazon, capable of undermining the foundations of the patriarchal world by their intellect, sex, agility, make disorder, bring neurosis and panic to the men’s world. … Femen is sextremism serving to protect women’s rights, democracy watchdogs attacking patriarchy, in all its forms: the dictatorship, the church, the sex industry.”
WARNING: The Femen website includes nudity and images of sexuality and violence. The website is at femen [dot] org.
The group is also responsible for a recent attack on Archbishop Andre-Joseph Leonard of Malines-Brussels, who was accused of “homophobia” and doused with water from holy water bottles shaped like the Virgin Mary by topless protestors.
Another Barbie Dream House opened this month at the Sawgrass Mall in Sunshine, Fla. The 10,000 square-foot attraction has interactive rooms, including one where girls can get a “Barbie makeover” before walking down the runway, according to the SaintPetesBlog. It also contains an "endless closet" for dressing up like Barbie.
The iconic Barbie doll turned 54 this year.