20 Juni 2024

Marc Maron Slams Men Who Took Offense to Barbie’s ‘Progressive Politics and Basic Feminism’: ‘Insecure Babies’

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  • Marc Maron praises Greta Gerwig’s Barbie as a “f—ing masterpiece” that combines entertainment with progressive politics and feminism.
  • Maron criticizes men who took offense to the film’s themes, calling them insecure and embarrassing.
  • Despite criticism from conservatives, Barbie has been a successful film, grossing $356 million in its opening weekend.

Greta Gerwig’s Barbie is proving to be one of the year’s most divisive films. Barbie, which made a big boom when it hit theaters on July 23, has been at the receiving end of very vocal fans and critics. The latest celebrity to share his opinion about the film is Marc Maron, and not only is he praising the film, he’s also sharing his feelings about men taking offense to the film’s “progressive politics and basic feminism.” Some of the Barbie‘s biggest naysayers have critiqued the film for being “woke,” feminist and anti-patriarchy.

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In a video post shared on Maron’s Tik Tok and Instagram, the writer, actor, musician and podcaster, called Gerwig’s Barbie “a f—ing masterpiece:”

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“I saw ‘Barbie’ and it was a f–ing masterpiece, and I don’t throw that word around lightly,. It does a fairly amazing thing. [It] creates a broad base entertainment product that applies to the entire spectrum, primarily of women, but then seeps it in progressive politics and basic feminism in a way that is funny, informative and well executed. It’s f—ing monumental. It shouldn’t be, but it’s pretty radical. I’ve never seen anything like it.”

Maron also took time during the short video to deliver a message to those who found fault with the film’s treatment of men:

“The fact that certain men took offense to the point where they, you know, tried to build a grift around it in terms of their narrative is right wing ——,” Maron said. “It’s so embarrassing for them. I mean, so embarrassing for them. Any dude that can’t take those hits in that movie, they’ve really got to look in their pants and decide what they’re made of. I mean, Jesus Christ, what a bunch of f—ing insecure babies.”

On Instagram and Tik Tok, many of Maron’s followers, including GLOW co-star Alison Brie, applauded the actor’s take.

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Barbie’s Vocal Critics

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Maron’s video comes days after conservative political commentator Ben Shapiro posted a 43-minute review of the film on his YouTube channel. After lighting a Barbie on fire, Shapiro goes on to critique the film, saying that all “the Kens are gay,” mocking trans actress Hari Nef, and saying that Black Barbie’s presidency is an “unrealistic notion.” Shapiro is just one of many conservatives who have attacked the film.

Ginger Gaetz, wife of Republican US Representative Mark Gaetz also shared her feelings after attending a screening on July 18: “Thinking about watching the Barbie movie? I’d recommend sticking to getting outfit inspiration and skipping the theater. Here’s why: The Barbie I grew up with was a representation of limitless possibilities, embracing diverse careers and feminine empowerment. The 2023 Barbie movie, unfortunately, neglects to address any notion of faith or family, and tries to normalize the idea that men and women can’t collaborate positively (yuck).”

Gaetz doubled down on her assessment days later when she shared on X that the film “completely missed an opportunity and was everything BUT female empowerment (especially from the Kens).”

Ironically, while conservatives, Gerwig and star Margot Robbie have all labeled the film “feminist,” others feel that Barbie barely scratches the surface when promoting equality. Regardless of criticism, Barbie has been a successful outing for Gerwig. Barbie, well on its way to grossing a billion worldwide, became the highest-ever opening weekend film for a female director, grossing $356 million opening weekend.

“My hope for the movie is that it’s an invitation for everybody to be part of the party and let go of the things that aren’t necessarily serving us as either women or men,” Gerwig told the New York Times.