Shakira shares sons’ angst over Barbie movie

'Barbie' movie trailer

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Shakira thinks the Barbie movie could be seen as “emasculating” to young boys and believes women should be empowered “without robbing men of their possibility to be men”.

The Colombian pop superstar, 47, was asked about watching the Greta Gerwig-directed Barbie, in which Barbieland is controlled by women until the Mattel dolls experience patriarchy by entering the real world in the comedy film.

“My sons absolutely hated it. They felt that it was emasculating and I agree, to a certain extent. I’m raising two boys. I want [them] to feel powerful too [while] respecting women,” Shakira told Allure magazine.

“I like pop culture when it attempts to empower women without robbing men of their possibility to be men, to also protect and provide.

“I believe in giving women all the tools and the trust that we can do it all without losing our essence, without losing our femininity. I think that men have a purpose in society and women have another purpose as well.

“We complement each other, and that complement should not be lost. Just because a woman can do it all doesn’t mean she should.

“Why not share the load with people who deserve to carry it, who have a duty to carry it as well?”

Barbie, which stars Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling, also features a powerful monologue delivered by actress America Ferrera about the hypocritical expectations placed on women by society and has been seen as a tongue-in-cheek feminist tale.

Shakira shares sons Sasha, nine, and Mila, 11, with her ex partner Gerard Pique, a former professional Spanish footballer.

Elsewhere in the article, she reflected on separating with Pique in June 2022 after 11 years together and releasing her first album in seven years.

She said following the break-up she was “in the mud” and she “had to reconstruct myself, to reunite all the pieces that had fallen apart” which is explored in the new record Las Mujeres Ya No Lloran, or Women No Longer Cry.

The three-time Grammy-winner said women used to have “to mind their manners, to hide the pain, to cry in silence” but these days “no one will tell us how to heal, how to clean our wound”.

“No one tells me how to cry or when to cry, no one tells me how to raise my children, no one tells me how I become a better version of myself,” Shakira said.

“I decide that.”

She said there was “something refreshing about women when they get to be themselves and be unapologetic”.

“Because we’ve had to apologise so many damn times in the past,” she said.

The singer, known for hits including Hips Don’t Lie and Waka Waka, has spent the past few years fighting a tax dispute case with Spanish authorities, who have claimed she failed to pay more than €14.5 million ($24 million) between 2012 and 2014.

In November, she resolved the long-running case by accepting the charges and was fined more than €7 million ($12 million).


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