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Topless protest disrupts opening of Barbie house in Berlin

Last updated on: May 21, 2013 11:39 IST

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Women's rights protesters disrupted the opening of a giant pink doll's house in Berlin, saying the Barbie "Dreamhouse Experience" objectified women.

(Writing by Michelle Martin; Editing by Robin Pomeroy)

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Image: Activists from women's rights group Femen burn a barbie doll on a cross as they protest outside a
Photographs: Pawel Kopcz/Reuters

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Promoting the doll made by Mattel Inc, the house allows paying visitors to try on Barbie's clothes, play in her kitchen and have a go on her pink piano.

The exhibition will be open until August 25.

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Image: A general view shows a Barbie Dreamhouse of Mattel's Barbie dolls in Berlin.
Photographs: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

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A handful of protesters gathered outside the shocking pink house that has been erected in one of central Berlin's greyest areas.

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Image: People relax outside the Barbie Dreamhouse.
Photographs: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters
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A topless woman, a member of the Femen protest group, who had the slogan "Life in plastic is not fantastic" scrawled across her chest, set fire to a Barbie doll tied to a mini crucifix.

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Image: Activists from women's rights group Femen burn a barbie doll on a cross as they protest outside the Barbie Dreamhouse.
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"There's too much emphasis on becoming more beautiful and on being pretty and that puts an awful lot of pressure on girls as well as wasting capacities which they could use to simply be happy or for school," said Stevie Meriel Schmiedel, a founding member of the "Pink Stinks" protest group.

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Image: People enter a life-size Barbie Dreamhouse of Mattel's Barbie dolls during a media tour in Berlin.
Photographs: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

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"We're protesting because Barbie would not be able to survive with her figure and yet she is an idol for many girls and that's not healthy," she said.

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Image: A visitor stands inside a Barbie Dreamhouse of Mattel's Barbie dolls in Berlin.
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One placard read: "Dear Barbie - don't just bake cupcakes, eat them too!"

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Image: A room is pictured inside a Barbie Dreamhouse of Mattel's Barbie dolls in Berlin.
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A male protester in a wig, pink shirt and shimmering skirt held a poster reading: "Do you like me now?"

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Image: Girls watch the kitchen inside a life-size Barbie Dreamhouse.
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Christoph Rahofer, chief executive of Event Marketing Services, which organized the exhibition, similar to one that recently opened in Sunrise, Florida, said the Dreamhouse Experience was a positive thing.

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Image: A staff poses for the photographer inside a life-size Barbie Dreamhouse.
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"It's basically about playing, being amazed and discovering - there are lots of hidden things to be found and it's an interactive exhibition."

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Image: A women watches Mattel's Barbie dolls inside a barbie Dreamhouse.
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The Barbie doll made its debut in 1959, and is named after the daughter, Barbara, of its inventor Ruth Handler, according to Mattel's website.

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Image: Demonstrators protest with a performance against a Barbie Dreamhouse.
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Six year-old Lara (C) plays with a computer inside a "Barbie Dreamhouse" of Mattel's Barbie dolls in Berlin.

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Photographs: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters
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A staff poses for the photographer next Mattel's Barbie dolls are pictured inside a life-size so-called "Barbie Dreamhouse" during a media tour in Berlin.

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Photographs: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters
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Mattel's Barbie dolls on sale are pictured inside a shop of a life-size "Barbie Dreamhouse" during a media tour in Berlin.

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Photographs: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters
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A giant shoe is pictured outside a life-size "Barbie Dreamhouse" of Mattel's Barbie dolls in Berlin.


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